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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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
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?
Investigations based on an Indian 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...
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 choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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. . . .
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
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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
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. . . .
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
How good are you at estimating angles?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
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.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?