Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A number card game for 2-6 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.
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.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
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.
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 game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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 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
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A train building game for 2 players.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these
games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and
some are good for your reasoning skills.
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?