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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
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 two players. You'll need some counters.
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.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 train building game for 2 players.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A variant on the game Alquerque
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Play a dice game of chance
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
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.
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?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
An odd version of tic tac toe
Match the halves.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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. . . .