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.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
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.
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. . . .
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.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
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.
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. . . .
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Match the halves.
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
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A train building game for 2 players.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
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?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
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 game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?