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Homemade Tapatan

Homemade Tapatan
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 6y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Kathy Zagorski
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We love playing endless games of tic-tac-toe so I decided to mix it up a bit and try making and playing the game of Tapatan!

How We Did It

Homemade Tapatan
Tapatan is a game from the Philippines. It is similar to tic-tac-toe but with more choices and more fun! Begin by taking a piece of paper, a ruler, and a marker. Draw the game board with bisecting lines as shown in the photo.
Homemade Tapatan
Now, find 3 obejcts of one color for one player and 3 objects of a different color for the other player. My daughter chose 3 pink buttons and I picked 3 blue buttons. The object of the game is to play your button on any point and try to get three in a row!
Homemade Tapatan
Here, I placed my blue button on a point and my daughter placed her second pink button on a point.
Homemade Tapatan
She beat me! 3 pinks in a row!
Homemade Tapatan
For older kids, you can also play this way: take turns placing a button on a point until all 3 buttons have been placed. Then, players can take turns moving their buttons from point to point in an attempt to get 3 in a row (no jumping allowed). Counters can only move to adjacent, empty points. If the same 3 moves are repeated at least twice, a stalemate has been achieved and there is no winner. Have fun playing Tapatan!


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