What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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.
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.
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 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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 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.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
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 game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
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.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
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.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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?
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?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
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 for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
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.