Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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
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 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 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 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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. . . .
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 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?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game
Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to
consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape,
and. . . .
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
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 game in which players take it in turns to try to draw
quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it
possible to fill the game grid?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.