Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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
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.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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
Play a dice game of chance
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?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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. . . .
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.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you
go first or second?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
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 played with a standard pack of cards.
Match the halves.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
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 for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 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 train building game for 2 players.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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.
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
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?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.