A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
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. . . .
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?
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 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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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. 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?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
A game to make and play based on the number 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.
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 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 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
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.
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. . . .
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 on a large squared space.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and