A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
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.
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 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 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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. . . .
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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 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 square...
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
A train building game for 2 players.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?