Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You
win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of