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Playing these strategy games will help develop children's logical thinking skills. Read the article for suggestions about how to structure a lesson using one of these games.

Developing Logical Thinking: the Place of Strategy Games link

Developing Logical Thinking: the Place of Strategy Games 

Stage: 1 and 2

This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.

Stop the Clock link

Stop the Clock 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

Nim-7 link

Nim-7 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Square It link

Square It 

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Factors and Multiples Game link

Factors and Multiples Game 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This game can replace standard practice exercises on finding factors and multiples.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty link

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Got It link

Got It 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.