How to Play Tic Tac Toss Frisbee Game with DIY Instructions

Tic Tac Toss is a fun Frisbee Tossing Game the entire family will love. Essentially you are playing the popular Tic Tac Toe Game (or X’s and O’s) but with frisbees. Instead of deciding where you want to place your piece, in this frisbee game you must throw for it. 

Throwing a frisbee with accuracy can be a challenge, so it might not land where you want it to.  This adds a strategic and fun element that has people of all physical levels ages cheering and laughing. The best thing is that this is a game that you can easily make yourself with materials from the dollar store.

Materials you Need

Tic Tac Toss is a simple frisbee game that you can make for under $20.  If you already have a tarp and a few frisbees it will be even less.

This can be a great camping game, odds are you already have a tarp on hand for under the tent, under the tent at night and the tarp can be used in this game during the day. 

Here is exactly what you will require:


  • 12 Frisbees – Ideally you will want to have 12 (or more) frisbees with 2 different colors (6 each). Occasionally frisbees go missing or 1 team lands more frisbees on the target then the other.
  • 1 Waterproof Tarp – There are a total of 9 open spaces required for the game. Ideally you will want a smaller tarp preferable 6 Feet X 6 Feet for ideal frisbee spacing for 2 foot squares. If you have a bigger tarp no worries just take a few additional steps back and throw from further away.
  • 1 Roll of Tape – To mark off the squares you will want to use a water-resistant tape. We used a bright and fun red duct tape that stood out from the black squares nicely.
  • 4 Rocks – In case it is windy you will want 4 or 6 rocks to put on the corners of the game.

Tic Tac Toss DIY

How to Setup Tic Tac Toss Frisbee

One of the best things about this game is how simple it is to setup. You will not need any power tools, screw drivers, and heck you can even get away without using scissors if you wanted too.

Start by getting together all the materials listed above and spreading out everything on a flat surface. This is a fun DIY project to do get the kids involved in.

  • Planning – Ideally the tarp will be square (6 feet X 6 Feet) so all the sections are even. There will be 9 squares in total, so this means 3 rows horizontal and 3 rows vertical.
  • Measuring – Whatever size tarp or playing area, double check with your tape measure both the height and width. Take the total, divide it by 3, and it will tell you the length of each square. Use a pencil or pen to mark the sections.
  • Taping – You will have a total of 4 pieces of tape to mark off this game (2 vertical X 2 Horizontal) with equal distances. Do not worry about putting a strip on the outside. The old saying measure twice and cut once does not apply here because if you mess up just pull the tape off and do it again.

How to Play Tic Tac Toss

Tic Tac Toss is a 2 or 4 player game where we encourage people to make up their own rules. Depending on the age, skills, or size of the playing field determines how far back you will want to throw.

The goal of Tic Tac Toe is to get three in a row before your competitor does. Start by laying the tarp down and determine how far back you will want to throw.

When we are camping with 4 players we like to all play while sitting down and setup chairs at each corner.

Here are the rules

    1. Positioning the Players

    The game begins with all four players spreading out, one to each corner of the square. If you’re playing in teams, your partner should stand directly across from you, with your opponents to your left and right. Each player stands approximately 6 feet from their corner, behind an imaginary throwing line.

    2. Two-Player Adaptations

    When only two players are in the game, forget the corners and line up in the direct center of opposite squares. Players can choose to either throw from the same spot or face each other on opposite sides of the square.

    3. Deciding the First Throw

    Who throws first? That can be determined by a game of chance like rock-paper-scissors or by throwing for it. In the latter case, everyone throws their Frisbee, and the one who lands closest to the exact center gets the first turn. Afterward, the throwing order rotates clockwise.

    4. Throwing the Frisbee

    When throwing the frisbee, aim for a square that does not already have a frisbee in it. If you’re the first to land in a particular square, you win that square. But if someone else lands their frisbee in that same square after you, they must remove their frisbee.

    5. Deciding the Winning Square

    Your frisbee doesn’t have to be 100% in a square to claim it. If more than half of your frisbee is within a square, that’s your square. Use your own discretion to determine the frisbee’s exact middle. If it’s touching two squares, the same rule applies: move the frisbee to the square where more than 50% of it is located.

    6. Dealing with Missed Throws

    Any missed throws should be returned to the player, who waits for their next turn to try again.

    7. Winning the Game

    The first team to get three frisbees in a row – either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally – wins the game!

    8. Setting up for the Next Round

    After a round, the losing team is responsible for setting up the next game and returning all frisbees to the winning team’s spot. This keeps the game moving and ensures everyone stays involved in the fun.

    Backyard Games Review:

    Once you have played Tic Tac Toss Frisbee you will never think about Tic Tac Toe the same again. There are so many games and variations you can play with frisbee and feel free to make up your own rules.

    If you want to make and even longer game, you can play the last square rule. This alternative rule allows you to cancel out your opponents square if you land your piece in it as well. Or try adding a 4 X 4 field and add more throwing frisbees.

    Find 15+ other Frisbee Games to play here or for adults, check out the rules for how to play drinking game rules for tic-tac-toss. Whatever you play just make sure to get out there and get your Backyard Games on! Hope you enjoyed our version of Tic Tac Toss and please feel free to share this with any family or friends.

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