Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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 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. . . .
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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...
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?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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 Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
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.
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 off again?
A simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side and white on the other.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
This article explains the use of the idea of connectedness in networks, in two different ways, to bring into focus the basics of the game of Go, namely capture and territory.
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. . . .
A game for 2 players
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
This is an interactive net of a Rubik's cube. Twists of the 3D cube become mixes of the squares on the 2D net. Have a play and see how many scrambles you can undo!
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.