Strategy Games

Strategy Games

Playing these strategy games will help develop children's logical thinking skills. Read the article for suggestions about how to structure a lesson using one of these games.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.

Stop the Clock 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

Nim-7 

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Square It 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
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.

Factors and Multiples Game 

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:
This game can replace standard practice exercises on finding factors and multiples.

Nice or Nasty 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Got It 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
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.