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 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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
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?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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 for two players. You'll need some counters.
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.
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.