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 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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 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 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 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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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...
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
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.
A game for 2 players
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
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 article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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 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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
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?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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
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?
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...