An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
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.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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. . . .
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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?
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Basic strategy games are particularly suitable as starting points
for investigations. Players instinctively try to discover a winning
strategy, and usually the best way to do this is to analyse. . . .