Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
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.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
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 an adding game for two players.
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. . . .
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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...
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.