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.
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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. . . .
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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?
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
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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...
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. . . .
A train building game for 2 players.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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.
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.
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
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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. . . .
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.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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...
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?