Leadership Inspirations Activities

Human Tic-Tac-Toe

Teams try to win a game of Tic-Tac-Toe


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game


Chalk, Tape, Objects For Tic-Tac-Toe Board



Tic-Tac-Toe with people! Test your wits against your fellow group members to see who will win.



  • Create a 3 by 3 grid on the ground to play the game, you can use tape, chalk, cones, ropes, chairs, polyspots etc. Break up your group into teams: X’s and O’s. For larger groups you need multiple game boards going at once.


  • Have each team number the members of their team, they will need to remember their team and numbers!
  • If there is an odd number of people, one person will have two numbers.
  • During the game, the X Team will hold their hands over their head in the shape of an X and the O Team will hold their hands over the head in the shape of an O.
  • The object of the game is to get a tic-tac-toe (horizontal, vertical or diagonal).
  • Identify a boundary. All teams must start outside the boundary each time the game resets.
  • Call out three numbers. The members of each team who have that number must race to the “game board” to make a three-in-a-row tic-tac-toe.
  • Team members can continue to move to different spaces to try to make a tic-tac-toe. Play ends when one team wins and that team is then awarded a point.
  • Continue to play and try to call different numbers so everyone gets a chance to participate.


  • Play with a bigger board (4×4 or 5×5) to include more people.
  • Play so that in each round everyone can choose if they are X’s or O’s each time they enter the board. It becomes a game of chance!


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?