Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
A train building game for 2 players.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
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 game for two players on a large squared space.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
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?
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. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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.
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. . . .
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Match the halves.
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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
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.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?