Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
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
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?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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 version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A train building game for 2 players.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
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. . . .
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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?
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
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Match the halves.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?