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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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...
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
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Match the cards of the same value.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.