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. . . .
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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.
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. . . .
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
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
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 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.
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
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 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 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 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.
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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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 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 train building game for 2 players.
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.