Printable Pen and Paper Games

Pen and paper games, aka pencil and paper games, continue to be a fun and free diversion. Despite the glamorous immersion of modern day computer games, sometimes it’s nice to return to a tangible classic. So grab a friend, turn on your printer, and download any of the printable pen and paper games below. Choose from Tic Tac Toe, Dots and Boxes, and Hangman.

Pen and Paper Games

Tic Tac Toe CartoonTic Tac Toe

Here’s a hint for winning at tic-tac-toe: Go first. If both players really understand how this game works, no one will ever win. That’s why this game is the most fun when playing against younger siblings and children.

For more free Tic Tac Toe game templates, please see my other post,  Tic Tac Toe Templates.

Tic Tac Toe Game
Now you can play Tic Tac Toe, again and again and again. Cut out the x’s and o’s. Paste this printable on cardboard and laminate it, and it can last a lifetime.

Dots and Boxes

This is my favorite pencil and paper game. The rules are simple and you can win if your eye is sharper than your opponents’.

For additional Dots and Boxes game boards, please visit my post, Dots and Boxes Game Boards.

Dots and Boxes Pen and Paper Game
The Dot Game, also known as Dots and Boxes. The last time I played this was with my younger brother, when we were flying down to Florida.



A fun word guessing game. When I was a child, we used to play this on a white board during swim team practice. If we guessed the phrase chosen by the coach, we only had to swim 8 laps as a warm down. If we lost, our warm down was 16 laps.

Printable Hangman Game


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