An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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?
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.
This is an adding game for two players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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.
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 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?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
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 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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. . . .
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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 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 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.
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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
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?
Match the cards of the same value.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.