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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Play a dice game of chance
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?
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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 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 players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
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 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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Match the halves.
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?
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 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?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?