A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
This is an adding game for two players.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 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.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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?
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
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.
This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .
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.
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 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.