An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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. . . .
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
This is an adding game for two players.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
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.
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 two players on a large squared space.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
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 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. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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 train building game for 2 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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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 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.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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. . . .
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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?