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 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An odd version of tic tac toe
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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. . . .
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Match the halves.
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?
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 train building game for 2 players.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 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...
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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.
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 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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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. . . .
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.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of