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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Games

Up and Down Donkey

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A number card game for 2-6 players.

Poker Bingo

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A game played with a standard pack of cards.

Sumo

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Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

Primary Advent Calendar 2010

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Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Traffic Lights

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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. . . .

Tandems

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A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.

Jumping Reindeer

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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.

Fifteen

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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Roundabout

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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 two stones.

Tac-tickle

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This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

SHOO

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A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.

Sliding Game

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A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

Gotcha

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A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

Games from Around the World

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Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

Subtraction Squares

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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?

Daisy

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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.

Totality for Two

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Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

Board Block Challenge for Two

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Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

First Connect Three for Two

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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.

Line of Four

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A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

Nim-7

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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Tricky Track

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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?

Flip Flop - Matching Cards

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A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

First Connect Three

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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?

Tantrix Discovery

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A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

Twinkle Twinkle

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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.

Nim-7 for Two

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Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Dicey Operations for Two

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Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

Snap

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Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?

Incey Wincey Spider

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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?

Olympic Cards

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Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

Crocogator

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A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

Dragons and Swans

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A game for two players. You'll need some counters.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

Online

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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.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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.

Down to Nothing

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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.

Counter Roundup

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A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

Making Maths: Happy Families

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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Matching Time

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Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

Incey Wincey Spider for Two

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Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

Stop the Clock for Two

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Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

Spiralling Decimals for Two

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Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Spiralling Decimals

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Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

Tangram Pictures

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Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Making Maths: Snake Pits

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A game to make and play based on the number line.

Domino Magic Rectangle

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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...

Diagonal Dodge

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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.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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. . . .