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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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.
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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 square...
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
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 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
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?
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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 two players on a large squared space.
Play a dice game of chance
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
This is an adding game for two players.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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 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.