An odd version of tic tac toe
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this 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 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.
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?
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?
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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 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 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.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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 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.
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A fun game for two. 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.