A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
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. . . .
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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. 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
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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 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?
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?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
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 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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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. . . .
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.
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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.