Once students hit Algebra, maths gets a lot more tricky. In order to build a strong foundation for higher-level maths, practise is essential. Try a new approach to working with variables and equations by playing this tic-tac-toe game and watch your kid's maths confidence increase exponentially.

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### What You Need:

- 9 sheets of white paper
- Markers
- A friend

### What You Do:

- Help your child draw a nine square tic-tac-toe grid on each of the sheets of white paper with the black marker.
- Next, have your child arrange the sheets of paper into a 3 x 3 grid with the tic tac toe grids facing up.
- Then, take over duties and write a random algebraic equation in each of the 81 spaces. For example, 3x+5=________ where x=8.
- Have your child and another player take turns trying to solve the various problems contained within the grids.
- If either player can successfully solve a problem, they can put either an X or an O in the square.
- Whoever solves three problems in a row on a given 3x3 grid can turn the sheet over and mark it with an X or an O.
- To win, a child must successfully get three sheets of paper in a row.

Helpful Tip: Want to play this game multiple times and really solidify your kid's algebra knowledge? Laminate the sheets and play with dry or wet-erase markers.

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