A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
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.
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 two players on a large squared space.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
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. . . .
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
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 play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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 square...
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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. . . .
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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.