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. . . .
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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.
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 game for 2 players
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.
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.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
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.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?