Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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?
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. . . .
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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...
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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 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.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
This is an adding game for two players.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...
A complicated game played on a 9 x 9 checkered grid.