A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A train building game for 2 players.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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 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.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
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.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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. . . .
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.