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.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are
used as a pedagogic device.
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
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?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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. . . .
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A train building game for 2 players.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.