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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Play a dice game of chance
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?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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
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 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
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. 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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Match the halves.
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. . . .
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A train building game for 2 players.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 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 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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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. . . .
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?