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Grandpa Pencil
Learns how to cook a
Tic Tac Toe Game
with salt dough


How to cook a Tic Tac Toe game

When you finish making this game it will look almost good enough to eat: Don't !
You can make your game any size you wish (though around 20 cm square should be a good size.)

The Playing Board
  • Put some baking paper on your cutting board and lightly dust it with some flour.
  • Place your lump of Saltdough on the paper and roll out with a dusted rolling pin to about a half cm thick.
  • Cut the flattened dough to the size of square that you want the board to be and put the excess dough to one side.
  • With some of the excess dough make a long worm that will go all around the edge of your board and stick it on by wetting the edge slightly and pressing the worm on.
  • Make four more smaller worms and stick on as in the drawing above.
The Noughts

  • Make six worms about 1 cm thick and turn them into circles that will fit into the small squares on your board. Wet and press the ends together. Place these on the oven tray with the game board

The Crosses

  • Make a long worm about 1 cm thick and cut it into pieces that will fit into the small squares.
  • Moisten the centres of these pieces and press together into crosses.
  • Place six of these crosses on the tray with the game board.
Drying and Cooking
  • When you have finished brush any flour off the baking paper and slide the paper and game onto your oven tray.
  • When all of the pieces are finished and on the tray let them stand for a few hours to dry out.
  • Then get an adult to place the tray in a pre heated oven at 120 c until they are hard (about 2 hours)
Colouring the Game
  • Colour the top and sides of the game board in the colour of your choice by mixing some food colour in with a squirt of PVA glue.
  • There should be enough glue to cover the game at least twice.
  • Add the colour a drop at a time until you have the shade you want.
  • When the top is dry turn the board over and cover with plain glue. This will seal your game.
  • With a different colour you can then do the noughts and then, with another colour, the crosses.
  • Don't forget to seal them all well to keep out the moisture.
  • If you prefer you can use other paints but you must give the game a final seal.

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