Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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?
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 challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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. . . .
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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
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?
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
How good are you at estimating angles?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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.
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.
Match the halves.
A train building game for 2 players.
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
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 to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory