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.
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.
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 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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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. . . .
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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...
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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 for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A Sudoku with a twist.