Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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.
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. . . .
This is a game for two players.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
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?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
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
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
How good are you at estimating angles?
A fun game with numbers and cards, for 2-6 players.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
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 work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you
go first or second?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A train building game for 2 players.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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.
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?
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
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?
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. . . .
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!