Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
How good are you at estimating angles?
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 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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
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 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.
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.
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 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
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
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.
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 in which players take it in turns to try to draw
quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it
possible to fill the game grid?
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 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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
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 supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.