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 that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are
several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the
busiest and most reluctant game designer.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An odd version of tic tac toe
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play,
either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to
orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a
line. . . .
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 two players on a large squared space.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!