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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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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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Sliding Puzzle

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

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 moves.

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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.

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Going for Games

Stage: 1 and 2

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.

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The Unmultiply Game

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

Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.

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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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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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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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Tantrix Discovery

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

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Go Moku

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players on a large squared space.

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Sumo

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

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Gotcha

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Multiplication Tables - Matching Cards

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

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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Stop the Clock

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

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

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Daisy

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

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.

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Line of Four

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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The Path of the Dice

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

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.

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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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Games Related to Nim

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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.

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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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Diagonal Dodge

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

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.

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Low Go

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

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.

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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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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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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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Domino Magic Rectangle

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

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...

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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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Using Games in the Classroom

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

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

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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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Square It

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

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.

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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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SHOO

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Winning Lines

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

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games: 3. Creating Your Own Games

Stage: 1

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.

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Crocogator

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Dominoes

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

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.

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Totality

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

This is an adding game for two players.

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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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Up and Down Donkey

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

A number card game for 2-6 players.

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Estimating Angles

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

How good are you at estimating angles?

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Subtraction Squares

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

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?

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Endless Noughts and Crosses

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

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.

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Nim-7

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

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

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Poker Bingo

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game played with a standard pack of cards.

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Flip Flop - Matching Cards

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

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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First Connect Three

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

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?

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Matching Fractions Decimals Percentages

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

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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Sprouts

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.