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 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?
An odd version of tic tac toe
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 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 game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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. . . .
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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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 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?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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. . . .
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Match the halves.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
A train building game for 2 players.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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?
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.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.