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
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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
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?
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
Match the halves.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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 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
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
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?
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these
games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and
some are good for your reasoning skills.
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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. . . .
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
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 or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
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.
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.
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and