Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
Match the halves.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are
used as a pedagogic device.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are
several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the
busiest and most reluctant game designer.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
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 two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!