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
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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. . . .
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.
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
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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 second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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...
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 a twist.
Match the cards of the same value.
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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.
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?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
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
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?