A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
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.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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. . . .
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 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 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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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. . . .
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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. . . .
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.