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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.
Play a dice game of chance
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 using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
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
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?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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.
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?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
This is an adding game for two players.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
An odd version of tic tac toe
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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. . . .
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Match the halves.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of