A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
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?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A train building game for 2 players.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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. . . .
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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. . . .
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 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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.