There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Match the halves.
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
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. . . .
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount 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.
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
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.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?