Lower Primary Games Using Counters

Once you've taken a look at the activities in the Counters Feature, why not have a go at these games, which also all use counters?  Play one of the games a few times and then begin to think about a strategy for winning.  Does it matter if you go first or second?

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?

Tac-tickle

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

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

Makeover

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

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

Subtraction Squares

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

A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?

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.

Achi

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.

Two Stones

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.

Alquerque

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque derives from the Arabic El- quirkat. Watch out for being 'huffed'.

Pumpkin Patch

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.

Nim-like Games

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

A collection of games on the NIM theme