In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
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 game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
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 train building game for 2 players.
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. . . .
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
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 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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for two players on a large squared space.