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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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 version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line. . . .
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Match the halves.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.