How to play noughts and crosses

How to play noughts and crosses

Noughts and crosses, also known as X's and O's, is a game for all ages. This kids' game has been around forever and continues to be a favourite. Print off this noughts and crosses printable and be sure to read our tips – kids are smarter these days!

What you need:

  • computer with internet access
  • printer
  • pencil or pen

Number of players:


There are many moves made in noughts and crosses that will end with a lost game, but played correctly, you can never lose! Follow these steps on how to an check out the tips at the bottom to make sure you never lose a game!

Step 1. Print off the already lined charts for easy gameplay.

Step 2. Grab your markers and decide who is the first player.

Step 3. Each player takes a turns to add either an O or a X to the board. The first player to line up three of their symbol in a row wins.


  • Make sure you pay attention while playing, one wrong move will spell disaster!
  • Always look to win or block a win move first.
  • Try to think what your opponent is likely to do after your move and out-guess them.
  • As a rule, the player who goes first has the highest chance of winning. Being there are nine squares, the first player has an opportunity to mark their symbol in  five of them, while the second player can only get four.
  • There is a higher chance of the game becoming a draw than one person winning.

Click here to print the noughts and crosses game boards.

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