A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
A train building game for 2 players.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Match the halves.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
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 for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
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.
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 game for two players on a large squared space.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An odd version of tic tac toe
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Play a dice game of chance
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A variant on the game Alquerque
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
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?
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?