Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
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
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
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?
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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. . . .
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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...
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Match the halves.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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 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 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.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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 a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and
wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.