There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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 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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
How good are you at estimating angles?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
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
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 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?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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. . . .
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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 to make and play based on the number line.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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...
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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 with clues as ratios.
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this