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
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?
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?
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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.
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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Match the halves.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 square...
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
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?
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?