Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Match the cards of the same value.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
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.
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
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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. . . .
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?
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
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.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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. . . .
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful
inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of
knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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?