Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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 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. 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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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. . . .
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.
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?
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.
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 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?
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 moves.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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 two stones.
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A train building game for 2 players.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.