Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?
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.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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...
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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 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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Play a dice game of chance
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
A train building game for 2 players.
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?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.