Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
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.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
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?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
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.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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. . . .
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?