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
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?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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.
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
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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. . . .
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
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 maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Match the halves.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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.
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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...
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of