How to Play Toss Across

By Christina Martinez
Flip the X's and O's to get a Tic-Tac-Toe.

Toss Across is basically a larger, interactive Tic-Tac-Toe game played with the Toss Across base and bean bags. The object of the game is to try and get a tic-tac-toe with three X's or O's in a row. The Mattel-made game needs to be set up in your backyard or in an open area. Play the game with adults and kids alike, or hold a tournament to see which team comes out on top.

Turn the targets so that the blank sides are all facing up.

Pick who will be X's and who will be O's. For teams, pick who will be on Team X and Team O. Each player or team of players stands six feet away from the Toss Across at opposite ends. Each player or team gets three beanbags.

Have the X person toss first, then the O person. If you are playing with teams, Player 1 from the X team tosses, then Player 1 from the O Team tosses. Player 2 from the X team tosses and then Player 2 from the O team tosses. Continue this pattern throughout game play.

Toss one bean bag at the Toss Across base. The object of the game is to try and flip over three X's or O's so they are in a row like in a Tic-Tac-Toe game. Team X tries to get three X's in a row and Team O tries to get three O's in a row.

Keep tossing bean bags until one player or team wins. Players can block rows or even flip an already-flipped target. For example if you toss a bag and an X appears, the other team can toss a bag onto that X to reveal an O or even a blank target.

Win the game by being the first player or team with a tic-tac-toe.

Tip

Standing back six feet may be too far for smaller children. Let smaller children stand closer to the target before tossing the beanbags.

About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.