Games

Browse our primary games, many of which are perfect for use in the mathematics classroom.

Do You Measure Up?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

Sliding Puzzle

Age 5 to 16 Challenge Level:

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 moves.

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Troublesome Triangles

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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 simulation game to investigate the properties of such systems.

Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

Ten-frames Games

Age 3 to 7

These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.

Statement Snap

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...

Poker Bingo

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game played with a standard pack of cards.

Put Yourself in a Box

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

Seega

Age 5 to 18

An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Age 5 to 14

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.

Games Related to Nim

Age 5 to 16

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.

James's Code Challenge

Age 7 to 18 Challenge Level:

The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!

Shut the Box for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

For Two

Age 5 to 11

Here are some games for you to play with an adult. They are all based on popular NRICH games.