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?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
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
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 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. Practises subtraction or other maths
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 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?
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?
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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. . . .
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 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. . . .
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. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.