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 some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
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.
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.
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 fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
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?
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?
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?
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 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.
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 knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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 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.