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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
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
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
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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 collection of games on the NIM theme
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?
Play a dice game of chance
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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. . . .
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
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
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Match the halves.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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. . . .
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A train building game for 2 players.