Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy 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.
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Match the cards of the same value.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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 collection of games on the NIM theme
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
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.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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.
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. . . .
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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.
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...
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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
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. . . .
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A train building game for 2 players.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?