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. . . .
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.
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 two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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 somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
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 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 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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?