A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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 two players.
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 two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
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.
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 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and
wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
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?
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A fun game with numbers and cards, for 2-6 players.
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.
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?
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.
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 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You
win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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 train building game for 2 players.