Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.
The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line. . . .
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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. . . .
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
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.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?