A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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. . . .
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 article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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 that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
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. 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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A game to make and play based on the number 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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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 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 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
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. . . .