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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
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 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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 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. Practises subtraction or other maths
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
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. . . .
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
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
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?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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. . . .
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.
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 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.
A train building game for 2 players.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A number card game for 2-6 players.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.