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GIANT Dots & Boxes

I am a big fan of increasing the scale of regular activities by making them BIGGER! It is a great way to keep little ones engaged and moving!

Check out my amazing round up of super fun and easy GIANT activities for outdoors and for indoors!

Do you remember playing dots and boxes when you were a kid? It was one of those boredom busting games I used to play with my brother while we waited at the doctor’s appointments or anytime we were bored and had a sheet of paper and pen.

I know I would have loved to play a GIANT version of this game!

If you love this game, you will also love GIANT Word Search and GIANT Tic-Tac-Toe!

How to set up GIANT Dots and Boxes

Grab a giant sheet of Kraft paper and sharpie. There are a few ways you can to create the dots. You can use a ruler and measure approximately 10 cm or 4 inches between each dot.

Another way (and this is the way I used) is to use a small square box or square board book and take your black sharpie and place a dot on the paper at each corner of the book. Move the book down and create dots all the way down and across the sheet.

I created an 8×8 grid but you can make it as big or as small as you want.

How to Play Dots & Boxes

The rules for Giant Dots and Boxes are the same as the regular sized dots and boxes.

Two players take turns adding a single horizontal or vertical line between two unjoined adjacent dots.

A player who completes the fourth side of a 1×1 box earns one point and takes another turn.

Record a point by writing your initial inside the box.

The game ends when no more lines can be placed. The winner is the player with the most points!

Such a Fun Game

This was such a fun game that my competitive 5 year old enjoyed! She was very eager to create boxes and so tended not to play strategically but eventually began to understand where to place her line.

This would be a fun game for siblings to play and you can make it slighly smaller than the one I created but still big enough to make it fun.

Take it Outside

You can also use sidewalk chalk to create the dot grid and to create the boxes!

Supplies

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  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Ruler or Square board book or square box
  • Paint sticks in 2 different colours

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