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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Games

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Advent Calendar 2010

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

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18 Hole Light Golf

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Slippery Snail

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

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Dominoes

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Low Go

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Domino Magic Rectangle

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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...

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Sprouts

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

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History Mystery

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you identify the mathematicians?

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Intersection Sums Sudoku

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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Games Related to Nim

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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.

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The Path of the Dice

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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Tug of War

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

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Nim-7

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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Diagonal Dodge

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Nim-7 for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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Tantrix Discovery

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

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Sumo

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.

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Put Yourself in a Box

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

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Tower Rescue

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.

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Line of Four

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

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Tug Harder!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Winning Lines

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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Square it for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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Spiralling Decimals for Two

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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Incey Wincey Spider

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Making Maths: Happy Families

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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Counter Roundup

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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Tricky Track

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?

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Sliding Puzzle

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Go Moku

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players on a large squared space.

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Online

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Game of PIG - Sixes

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

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Seeing Squares

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Dragons and Swans

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players. You'll need some counters.

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Up and Down Donkey

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A number card game for 2-6 players.

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Subtraction Squares

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Crocogator

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

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Endless Noughts and Crosses

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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.

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Game of PIG - Ones

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Play a dice game of chance

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Makeover

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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Shut the Box

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An old game but lots of arithmetic!

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Double or Halve?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

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Twinkle Twinkle

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Going for Games

Stage: 1 and 2

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.

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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Tangram Pictures

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!