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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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 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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
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 two stones.
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 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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This is an adding game for two players.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
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.
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?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.