Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A variant on the game Alquerque
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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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.
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.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
Match the halves.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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. 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 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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
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 train building game for 2 players.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 off again?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number 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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...