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Going for Games

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In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

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This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

Learning Mathematics Through Games: 3. Creating Your Own Games

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Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.

Using Games in the Classroom

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Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

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This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

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Basic strategy games are particularly suitable as starting points for investigations. Players instinctively try to discover a winning strategy, and usually the best way to do this is to analyse. . . .

Up and Down Donkey

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A number card game for 2-6 players.

Sumo

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Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

Tandems

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

Games from Around the World

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Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

Incey Wincey Spider

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You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

Olympic Cards

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

Noughts and Crosses

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

Dicey Operations in Line

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

Daisy

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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.

Sliding Game

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

SHOO

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

Fifteen

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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Alquerque II

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A variant on the game Alquerque

Tricky Track

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In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?

Gotcha

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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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Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

First Connect Three

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The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Nim-7 for Two

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

Dragons and Swans

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

Jumping Reindeer

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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.

Poker Bingo

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A game played with a standard pack of cards.

Tantrix Discovery

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A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

Board Block Challenge for Two

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Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

Totality for Two

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Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

Twinkle Twinkle

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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.

Subtraction Squares

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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?

Traffic Lights

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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. . . .

First Connect Three for Two

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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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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.

Tac-tickle

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

Train

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A train building game for 2 players.

Odds and Threes

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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.

Horizontal Vertical

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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?

Fractions and Coins Game

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

Fraction Card Game 1

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Match the halves.

Making Maths: Snake Pits

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A game to make and play based on the number line.

Counter Roundup

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

Down to Nothing

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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.

Online

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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.

Train for Two

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

Dicey Operations for Two

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

How Long Does it Take?

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

Four Go for Two

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