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 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...
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 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?
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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. . . .
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?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
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
A game for 2 players
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. . . .
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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 lines.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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 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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
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...
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are
used as a pedagogic device.
A Sudoku with a twist.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.