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...
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 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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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 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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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
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 Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
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 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.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 Sudoku with a twist.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?