Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
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.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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 somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
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. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You
win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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?
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
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?
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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. . . .
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.