Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Match the cards of the same value.
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 be the first to complete a row of three?
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
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
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 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.
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. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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 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 collection of games on the NIM theme
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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 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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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. . . .
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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 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.
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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 Sudoku with a twist.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?