Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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, 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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
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?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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?
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 game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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 two players on a large squared space.
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. . . .
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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
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.