Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
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.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory