I love this idea that I found in a craft book--a travel-sized tic-tac-toe game! I made it for our nephew, Canon, and he really loves it. I used scrapbooking paper and rub-on letters to decorate the top of an Altoids tin. I tied embroidery floss through each button before attaching magnets to the underside of each one. Around the side of the tin, I placed a sticker border in the patriotic theme of the box.
To add a little something more, I found some small chipboard letters and made them into magnets by placing them all on a magnetic sheet and cutting them out. I stitched this little pouch using fleece and vinyl to keep them all in. On the other side, I cut a plus sign slit on the vinyl and sewed a button to the fleece side so that the pouch can open and close. I thought it would be fun for Canon to practice spelling and play word games on the inside of the tin box.
Here's the inside of the box, decorated with patriotic colors and stars. I spelled, "Hi Canon" on the inside cover for him to see when he opened it for the first time. You can see the button and flap I made on the pouch to keep all the magnet letters stored. The pouch, buttons, score pad (just a down-sized sticky note pad) and pencil can all be stored neatly and taken where ever Canon goes. Sounds like fun, eh? I wonder if I can make any other games into a portable one like this...any suggestions?:)