A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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...
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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. . . .
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?
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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. . . .
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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 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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.