An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and
wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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. . . .
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
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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 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 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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 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. . . .
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.