Stage 1 & 2 Games

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

Stage 1 and 2 Children's Page
 

These are the mathematical games on NRICH for Stages 1 and 2.

You might need a grown up to help you to read the instructions or to play with.


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Traffic Lights

The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line wins.

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Achi

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.

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Football World Cup Simulation

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

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Sumo

Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

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Line of Four

A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

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Daisy

A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

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Jumping Reindeer

A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.

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Stop or Dare

All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.

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Two Stones

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.

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Sz'kwa

This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.

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Poker Bingo

A game played with a standard pack of cards.

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Endless Noughts and Crosses

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

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Dominoes

Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.

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Roundabout

This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.

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Mulinello Quadrupio

A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.

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Go Moku

A game for two players on a large squared space.

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Domino Magic Rectangle

An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...

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Sliding Game

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

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SHOO

A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.

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Sprouts

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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Nim-like Games

A collection of games on the NIM theme

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Dragons and Swans

A game for two players. You'll need some counters.

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Odds and Threes

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

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Crocogator

A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

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Totality

This is an adding game for two players.

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Low Go

A game for 2 players. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.

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Noughts and Crosses

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

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Odd Tic Tac

An odd version of tic tac toe

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Scissors, Paper, Rock

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

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Asteroid Blast

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

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Estimating Angles

How good are you at estimating angles?

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History Mystery

Can you identify the mathematicians?

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Gotcha

A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

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Tandems

A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.

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Tac-tickle

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

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Down to Nothing

A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.

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Pumpkin Patch

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.

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Up and Down Donkey

A number card game for 2-6 players.

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Put Yourself in a Box

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

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Pass the Peas, Please

A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!

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Counter Roundup

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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Matching Fractions Decimals Percentages

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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Subtraction Squares

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?

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Multiplication Tables - Matching Cards

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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Mu Torere

Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.

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Tantrix Discovery

A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

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Flip Flop - Matching Cards

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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Game of PIG - Sixes

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

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Criss Cross Quiz

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

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Game of PIG - Ones

Play a dice game of chance

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Wild Jack

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

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Makeover

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

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Penta Play

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

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Do You Measure Up?

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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Seega

An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.

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Building Stars

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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The Path of the Dice

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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Chocolate Bars

An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.

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Alquerque

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'.

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Coordinate Cunning

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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L-ateral Thinking

Try this interactive strategy game for 2

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100 Percent

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100 percent.

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Diagonal Dodge

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

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Calculator Bingo

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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Sliding Puzzle

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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Oware

Oware is a Mankala-like game of strategy from Ghana. Simple rules, but not so simple to win - and you'd better be good at counting! Play the computer or play a friend.

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Fraction Card Game 1

Match the halves.

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Fractions and Coins Game

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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Horizontal Vertical

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

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Part the Piles

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

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Train

A train building game for 2 players.

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NRICH Advent Calendar 2005

Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.

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Ratio Pairs 2

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

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Factors and Multiples Game

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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Twinkle Twinkle

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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Tower Rescue

Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.

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The Remainders Game

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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Countdown

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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Strike it Out

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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Dicey Operations

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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Tangram Pictures

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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White Box

This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.

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Colouring Curves Game

In this game, try not to colour two adjacent regions the same colour. Can you work out a strategy?

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18 Hole Light Golf

The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?

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9 Hole Light Golf

We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?

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Twenty20

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

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Make 24

A card game for 2 or 4 layers that will test your speedy arithmetic skills!

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James's Code Challenge

The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!

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Vector Racer

The classic vector racing game brought to a screen near you.

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Snail One Hundred

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

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Olympic Cards

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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Memory Game Template

Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs

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Stop the Clock for Two

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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Nim-7 for Two

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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Square it for Two

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for Two

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

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Got It for Two

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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Factors and Multiples for Two

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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Board Block for Two

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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Train for Two

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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Shut the Box for Two

Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

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Strike it Out for Two

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

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Dotty Six for Two

Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?

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Dicey Operations for Two

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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Four Go for Two

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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First Connect Three for Two

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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Spiralling Decimals

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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Play to 37

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

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Matching Time

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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How Long Does it Take?

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.