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.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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...
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
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?
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.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
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?
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
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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
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. . . .
Match the halves.
A game to make and play based on the number line.