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.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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. . . .
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 two stones.
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 challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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?
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 played with a standard pack of 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.
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?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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 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.
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 moves.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?
A variant on the game Alquerque
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.