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. . . .
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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 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
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful
inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of
knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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 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 solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
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. . . .
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 article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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...
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 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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.