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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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 supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
A game for 2 players
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.
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.
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.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
The game of go has a simple mechanism. This discussion of the principle of two eyes in go has shown that the game does not depend on equally clear-cut concepts.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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 Sudoku with a twist.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 square...
A new card game for two players.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are
used as a pedagogic device.