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.
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?
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
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.
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
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 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 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You
win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you
go first or second?
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.
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 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 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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.
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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 train building game for 2 players.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
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?
How good are you at estimating angles?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.