There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
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 variant on the game Alquerque
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A fun game with numbers and cards, for 2-6 players.
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you
go first or second?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Match the halves.
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.
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
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 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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 two players on a large squared space.
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 train building game for 2 players.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?