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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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 game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
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. . . .
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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 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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
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.
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.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 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 two players on a large squared space.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Match the halves.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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
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. . . .
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.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.