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
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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.
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.
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
A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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...
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An odd version of tic tac toe
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Play a dice game of chance
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
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.
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
A variant on the game Alquerque
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A train building game for 2 players.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
An animation that helps you understand the game of Nim.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White
Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
In this game, try not to colour two adjacent regions the same colour. Can you work out a strategy?
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
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?
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
A card game for 2 or 4 layers that will test your speedy arithmetic skills!
The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!
The classic vector racing game brought to a screen near you.
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you be the player to take the last counter?
Will you be the first to reach 23? Can you find a winning strategy?
Take turns to remove a bead from the string. Can you find a way to play so that you will always win?
This game follows on from Last Bead. Can you find a way to take the last drip or drips?
Try this slightly more challenging version of Driplets and see if you can find a winning strategy.
Can you always reach the exit first and escape the vortex?
Can you beat the clock to the midnight hour?
Take it in turns to play a counter. Can you pair them off to make square numbers?