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### Learning Mathematics Through Games: 3. Creating Your Own Games

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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.

### Going for Games

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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.

### Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

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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.

### Using Games in the Classroom

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Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

### Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

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

### Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

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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. . . .

### Nim-7

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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

### Line of Four

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A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

### Scissors, Paper, Rock

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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?

### Sumo

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Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

### Chocolate Bars

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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.

### Coordinate Cunning

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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.

### Daisy

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A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

### Gotcha

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A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

### Snap

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Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?

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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.

### Stop the Clock

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This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

### Calculator Bingo

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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.

### 100 Percent

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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. . . .

### Train

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A train building game for 2 players.

### Got It

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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.

### Tantrix Discovery

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A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

### Poker Bingo

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A game played with a standard pack of cards.

### Ratio Pairs 2

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A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

### Jumping Reindeer

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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.

### Domino Magic Rectangle

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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...

### Low Go

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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.

### SHOO

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A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.

### Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

### Traffic Lights

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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. . . .

### Building Stars

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An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

### Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty

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There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

### Board Block

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Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

### Making Maths: Happy Families

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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

### Sliding Game

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

### Horizontal Vertical

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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?

### Part the Piles

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

### Counters

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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?

### Dominoes

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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.

### Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

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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?

### Dragons and Swans

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

### Matching Time

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Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

### Four Go

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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?

### How Long Does it Take?

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

### Tug of War

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Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

### First Connect Three

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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?

### Subtraction Squares

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A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?

### Twinkle Twinkle

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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.

### Crocogator

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A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.