Monday Mixup: Texting Games

These days you probably find it easier to contact someone through text messaging rather than a phone call. Especially if it is your children. I’ll be the first to admit that this describes just me. I have been attuned to reading converstations rather than hearing them. Of course, sometimes texting is a much more convenient source of communication.

There is so much more to texting than just words exchanged between one another. Take, for example, the reason for this post: texting games! Sure, another reason to have our kids text instead of communicate face-to-face, right? This goes for you, too, mommies and daddies! Texting does not use data, so some easy to set up games can be a fun way to save you some GB in the end. Just be sure you are using the application for texting that came with your phone and not one you download. This will ensure you do not use any data.

Here are two games that you can easily set up with your texting buddy and enjoy while you pass the time. Plus, the most fun part of playing on the phone is you can use any emoji as your game piece!

First up is Connect 4! With this game you are able to set a custom board size. The easiest way is to use the white dot emoji as your “empty slots” and then use any other emoji as your game pieces. The classic game uses the red and blue chips, so to stick with that you can use the red and blue dot emojis. Here is a sample to get you started. To stick with the original layout, your game should be six (6) rows high and seven (7) columns across.

⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪

On your turn, just delete any white dot you would like and replace it with your piece. Keep going until either someone wins, or the game board is all filled up!

⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
⚪⚪⚪🔵🔵⚪⚪
⚪🔴🔴🔵🔴⚪⚪

Here is a game in progress:

image

The second game is Tic Tac Toe. Who doesn’t love the little game of Xs and Os?

There are multiple ways you can set up this game, however I will give you two suggestions here.

One way is to use the white box emoji. Set up a 3×3 grid with 9 white boxes.

⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜⬜

Now, on your turn, delete any box you wish and replace with your game piece.

⬜⚾⬜
⬜⚽⬜
⚽⬜⬜

The other way is to use square brackets. With this one you use [ and ] with some space in between.

[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ]

Now with this one you can either use literal Xs and Os, or emojis.

[ x ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ x ]
[ ][ ][ o ]

Here is a game in progress:

image

The best part of all is the fact that you have no pieces to lose! It’s always on-the-go and everything is in one spot!

Do you have any other games you play through text messaging like these? I would love to hear from you and try them out myself!

Until next time…

~ Kristen

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About Three Handed Mommy

Mother of one, wife to one. Hoping for more children in the future but so far I'm a three handed mommy. One hand is in school, another in loving my family, the last is on here (and all that comes with it). I love origami and I doodle once in a blue moon. Maybe I will share some drawings, both old and new. I have a slight obsession with Hatake Kakashi, Batman, rubber duckies, pandas, and Pokemon. Then again, my obsession may prove to be more than slight on more than one occassion...don't judge. :P Since this is new and all to me, please bear with me while I find my rhythm and posting habits. Hope you enjoy what I put up here! Feel free to pin anything unless stated otherwise in a post. :)

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