A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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?
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 game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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 to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
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
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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. 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?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A train building game for 2 players.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of