Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Match the halves.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A train building game for 2 players.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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.
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?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
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 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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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 challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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
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 using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 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 game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.