Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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. . . .
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
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 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. . . .
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
The game of go has a simple mechanism. This discussion of the principle of two eyes in go has shown that the game does not depend on equally clear-cut concepts.
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.
Match the cards of the same value.
A game for 2 players
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.
A simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side and white on the other.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
This article explains the use of the idea of connectedness in networks, in two different ways, to bring into focus the basics of the game of Go, namely capture and territory.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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 Sudoku with a twist.
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 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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
How good are you at estimating angles?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.