Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give each set a name?
A variant on the game Alquerque
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Play a dice game of chance
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?