Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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 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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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. . . .
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
A Sudoku with a twist.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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.
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. . . .
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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. . . .
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Match the cards of the same value.
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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
How good are you at estimating angles?