This project is a very easy craft created with my HP Envy and some 5×7 HP photo paper. I am an HPSmartMom this year and it is definitely the highlight of my year. This month I received this awesome bit of swag – an HPSmartMom bag, a small notebook and pen as well as a package of 5×7 photo paper with envelopes.
My task – create a craft/project with the photo paper. I feel like I have been using my new HP Envy printer daily anyway so that should be an easy task. We decided (my daughter and I) to make a board game called Tic Tac Toe It’s Four In A Row. It is a spinoff of the famous Tic Tac Toe that we all know so well.
I will outline our process… First I created a board in Excel and colored in certain squares in a pattern. The pattern is absolutely not essential for this game but this board will have multiple uses – kind of an all purpose board. Then I saved the board as a .jpg file.
Then I printed the .jpg image on 5×7 photo paper with the help of my HP Envy printer. I actually printed 6 – we always have a need for this particular board. It keeps us busy anywhere.
We have a laminator at home. For those of you that think they are expensive – they really aren’t. I use ours all the time and they are great for dry erase projects or game boards among so many other things. The next step is to laminate the game boards. Each lamination sheet does two 5×7 boards.
Cut the boards out with approximately a 1/8th of an inch border of lamination film to maintain the seal. Then you are good to go…
The best part of game boards like this is the flexibility. You can play with anything you have available – buttons, trinkets, coins, checkers or whatever you want. For purposes of illustration we are playing with quarters and pennies.
Each player has 6 identical pieces – 6 quarters and 6 pennies.
The game starts just like Tic Tac Toe – Each player takes a turn placing a piece on the board in a strategic way to try and get 4 in a row (rather than 3 in a row).
However, once each person has all six pieces on the board – if no one has won then the next strategic play takes place. After all twelve pieces are on the board, players can move their own pieces in straight or diagonal paths in any direction with the goal of getting 4 in a row. The complicating factors are: you cannot jump over the other player’s pieces and you cannot capture any pieces. If there is a piece in the way of where you want to be – you are blocked.
I am “playing” myself in this video for purposes of illustration so you get the idea…
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