Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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?
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
An odd version of tic tac toe
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
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
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
Match the halves.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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
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. . . .
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!