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?
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.
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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. . . .
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 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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
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?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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 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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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. . . .
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
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. 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?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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 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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.