Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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 Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
Match the cards of the same value.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last 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.
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 game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
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.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.