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.
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.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
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...
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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 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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
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.
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. . . .
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
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.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
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.
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
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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 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.