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Snail Trails

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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. . . .

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Tricky Track

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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The Twelve Pointed Star Game

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Game of PIG - Sixes

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

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Stop or Dare

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.

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Football World Cup Simulation

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

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Property Chart

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Shapely Pairs

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

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Patience

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

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Tug Harder!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Connect Three

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you be the first to complete a row of three?

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Multiplication Tables - Matching Cards

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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Asteroid Blast

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

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The Path of the Dice

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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.

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Square It

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Diamond Mine

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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Charlie's Delightful Machine

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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Spiralling Decimals

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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Spiralling Decimals for Two

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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Dicey Operations

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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Nice or Nasty

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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Quadrilaterals Game

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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. . . .

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Fifteen

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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The Remainders Game

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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Transformation Game

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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Squayles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Twinkle Twinkle

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Lambs and Tigers

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigations based on an Indian game.

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Flip Flop - Matching Cards

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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Subtraction Squares

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Diagonal Dodge

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Diamond Collector

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

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Low Go

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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First Connect Three

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Strike it Out

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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Twin Corresponding Sudoku III

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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Making Maths: Happy Families

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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Domino Magic Rectangle

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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...

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Quadruple Clue Sudoku

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

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SHOO

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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. . . .

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Ratio Sudoku 2

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

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Intersection Sudoku 1

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A Sudoku with a twist.

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Estimating Angles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How good are you at estimating angles?

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Sliding Puzzle

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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 moves.

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Conway's Chequerboard Army

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game to make and play based on the number line.