Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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?
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 game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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. . . .
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?
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?
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
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
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.
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.
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 game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 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 to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves