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 number card game for 2-6 players.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
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 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
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. . . .
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Match the halves.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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...
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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 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.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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 matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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.