Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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?
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. . . .
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 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.
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.
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
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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.
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?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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. . . .
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of
the days of the week?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
How good are you at estimating angles?
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...