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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Match the halves.
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
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 activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
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.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
A variant on the game Alquerque
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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 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. . . .
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
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.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
An odd version of tic tac toe
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Play a dice game of chance