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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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 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?
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?
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. . . .
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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 loser is the player who takes the last counter.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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 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 for 2 players
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7.
Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The
player left with the last counter looses.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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...
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?