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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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. . . .
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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?
How good are you at estimating angles?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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 game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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 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.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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.
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.
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.