A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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?
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.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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. . . .
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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.
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 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
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.
A game for 2 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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...
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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. . . .
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game to make and play based on the number line.