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
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?
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 activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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?
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.
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 old game but lots of arithmetic!
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Match the halves.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
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.
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 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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
A train building game for 2 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.
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?