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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
An odd version of tic tac toe
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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 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.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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
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.
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. . . .
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Match the halves.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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.
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
A train building game for 2 players.