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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
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.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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...
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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 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?
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?