Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This is an adding game for two players.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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 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.
A game for two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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?
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
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 for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target 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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?