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Dicey Addition

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

Who said that adding couldn't be fun?

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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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Fraction Card Game 1

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Match the halves.

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Scissors, Paper, Rock

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Alquerque II

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A variant on the game Alquerque

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Odd Tic Tac

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An odd version of tic tac toe

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Horizontal Vertical

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

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?

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Olympic Cards

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

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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Four Go for Two

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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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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Matching Time

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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Play to 37

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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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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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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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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Four Go

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?

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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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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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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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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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Ratio Pairs 2

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

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Strike it Out

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

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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Jumping Reindeer

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

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.

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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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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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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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Coordinate Cunning

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

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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Primary Advent Calendar 2010

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

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

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Got It

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

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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Down to Nothing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Building Stars

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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Games from Around the World

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

Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

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The Remainders Game

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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Train

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A train building game for 2 players.

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Odds and Threes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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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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Board Block

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

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SHOO

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.

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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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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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Fractions and Coins Game

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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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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Traffic Lights

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

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. . . .

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Roundabout

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

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.

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Tac-tickle

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

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

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Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

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. . . .

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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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Asteroid Blast

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

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.