In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?
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?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Play a dice game of chance
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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.
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
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. . . .
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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 game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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 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
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Match the halves.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.