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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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 two players on a large squared space.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
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
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. . . .
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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?
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. . . .
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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. . . .
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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.