Make Your Own Mini Travel Game

Ten minutes and a trip to the dollar store is all you need to craft this sweet all-in-one tic-tac-toe game

Photography by Michael Alberstat

It’s easy for kids to get restless during long (or even short) car rides. Luckily, it’s easy to keep them occupied with simple DIYs, such as this travel-friendly version of tic-tac-toe. With just a few inexpensive and easy-to-find materials that you likely already have in your house, a parent or older sibling can put together this cute and colourful magnetic game that little ones will adore.


  • Altoids tin
  • Mini magnets
  • Patterned paper
  • 10 buttons, five each of two colours


1. Cut paper to fit in bottom and top of Altoids tin, then glue.

2. Use strips of paper to make tic-tac-toe grid.

3. With hot glue attach buttons to magnets.

Looking for another great DIY car game? Try our Road Trip Bingo!

3 responses to “Make Your Own Mini Travel Game”

  1. Rose-Anna says:

    Def gonna try this cause my kids are always restless in the vechile even for 5
    Min thanks for this awesome idea it will be great for camping with them too and they can make there own so great :)

  2. lauriinnc says:

    Instead of just using paper to make the grid, you could also use fabric pain or sparkle glue to have ridges-a 3d grid.

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