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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.

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Using Games in the Classroom

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sumo

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Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

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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. . . .

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Dicey Operations for Two

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Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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Up and Down Donkey

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A number card game for 2-6 players.

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Incey Wincey Spider

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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?

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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.

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Making Maths: Happy Families

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

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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...

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Line of Four

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

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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for Two

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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

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Crocogator

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

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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?

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Nim-7 for Two

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Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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Tug Harder!

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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?

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Poker Bingo

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A game played with a standard pack of cards.

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Tantrix Discovery

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A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

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Incey Wincey Spider for Two

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Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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Odds and Threes

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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.

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Board Block

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

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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.

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SHOO

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

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The Twelve Pointed Star Game

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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?

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Train

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A train building game for 2 players.

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Fractions and Coins Game

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Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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Roundabout

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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.

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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. . . .

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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.

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Fifteen

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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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Tac-tickle

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This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

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Fraction Card Game 1

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Match the halves.

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Spiralling Decimals for Two

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Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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Wild Jack

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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.

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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?

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Strike it Out

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Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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Got it for Two

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Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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First Connect Three for Two

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First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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Money Line-up

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In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.

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How Long Does it Take?

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

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Train for Two

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Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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Four Go for Two

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Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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Stop the Clock for Two

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Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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Shut the Box for Two

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Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

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Strike it Out for Two

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

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

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Board Block for Two

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Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?