Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A game for two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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?
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. . . .
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
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?
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?
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?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?