A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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
This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square
grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players
take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .
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?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount 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
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
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 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
Match the cards of the same value.
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
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.
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 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.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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 the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?