Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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. . . .
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.
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 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.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A train building game for 2 players.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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. . . .
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 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.
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?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.