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 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
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. . . .
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last 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. . . .
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
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 game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
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 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
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 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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A train building game for 2 players.
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?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
This is an adding game for two players.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
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. . . .
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?