Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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?
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
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A fun game with numbers and cards, for 2-6 players.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
This is a game for two players.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
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 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 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?
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
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.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A train building game for 2 players.
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 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. . . .