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. . . .
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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?
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
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?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
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?
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.
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. . . .
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
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 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.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two
numbers that multiply together to something close to the given
target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and