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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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. . . .
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.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 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. 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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 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 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.
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 article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.