Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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.
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?
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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.
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. . . .
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
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 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 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.
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
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. . . .
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A train building game for 2 players.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.