A collection of games on the NIM theme
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful
inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of
knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Match the cards of the same value.
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
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?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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. . . .
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 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.