A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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 for two. You'll need some counters.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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. . . .
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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. 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 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?
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 game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
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 that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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.
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.
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?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A game to make and play based on the number line.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.