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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
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 for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
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 your own!
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 train building game for 2 players.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game to make and play based on the number line.