A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
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?
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 in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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 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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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 complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.
A train building game for 2 players.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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 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. . . .
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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. . . .