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?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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 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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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?
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
How good are you at estimating angles?
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...
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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 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?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?