Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 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.
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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 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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
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...
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
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. . . .
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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 to make and play based on the number line.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
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
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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