How to play battleships

Keep kids’ minds fresh and your memory sharp with this strategy game of Battleships. Each child has their own page, that the opponent should not see, on which they keep track of enemy battleships plotted in the sea. Great for a rainy day!

What you need:

  • computer with internet access
  • printer
  • multiple coloured makers, pens or pencils


Number of players:


Keep the kids amused with the game of Battleships. Frist, print out two copies of the Battleship game, one for each player.

Rules and game play:

  • Plot all of your ships by drawing an outline of each ship on the grid according to its size. For example, a battleship is four blocks, but an aircraft carrier is five blocks. This is illustrated in the key on the printable game page. Ships may not overlap.
  • Take turns firing upon the enemy by calling out plot points – for example: A-5. Mark your shot as a hit (X) or a miss (O) on your enemy ship grid according to your opponents reply.
  • When your enemy fires upon you, answer hit or miss, according to their shot. Mark your hit ships with an X on the “my ships” grid.
  • When the ships are sunk, you must inform your opponent that it is sunk and which ship it is, for example, “My aircraft carrier is sunk!”.
  • The first person to sink all of the enemy ships wins the game.

Click here to print the battleships grids as well as the ship size guide.

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