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Down to Nothing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Odd Tic Tac

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An odd version of tic tac toe

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The Remainders Game

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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Tandems

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.

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Incey Wincey Spider

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Odds and Threes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Noughts and Crosses

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

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Fraction Card Game 1

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Match the halves.

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Traffic Lights

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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. . . .

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Counter Roundup

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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Sumo

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

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Scissors, Paper, Rock

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

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Dragons and Swans

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players. You'll need some counters.

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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Horizontal Vertical

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Tangram Pictures

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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Twinkle Twinkle

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Factors and Multiples Game for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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Part the Piles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

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Tac-tickle

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

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Four Go for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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Train for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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Fractions and Coins Game

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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. . . .

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Stop the Clock for Two

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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Nim-7 for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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Board Block for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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Totality for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

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Ratio Pairs 2

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

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Tantrix Discovery

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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.

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Online

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Jumping Reindeer

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Train

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A train building game for 2 players.

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Board Block Challenge for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

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Spiralling Decimals for Two

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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Roundabout

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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 two stones.

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Sliding Game

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

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Got it for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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Olympic Cards

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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18 Hole Light Golf

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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 off again?

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First Connect Three for Two

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Games from Around the World

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

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Spiralling Decimals

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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How Long Does it Take?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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Primary Advent Calendar 2010

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

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Advent Calendar 2010

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.