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?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
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. . . .
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?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
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 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. . . .
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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 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?
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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...
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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 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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 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 Sudoku with a twist.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.