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 maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
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?
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. . . .
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
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...
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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. . . .
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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?
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.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
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 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.
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.