Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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. . . .
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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A train building game for 2 players.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 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.
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.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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. . . .
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
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. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
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.
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?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?