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.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
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 played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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 number card game for 2-6 players.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A variant on the game Alquerque
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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 somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Match the halves.
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?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
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.
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.