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 two players on a large squared space.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
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.
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
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.
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 shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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 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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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. . . .
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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. . . .
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.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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 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.
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.