An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.
This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque. . . .
A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.
This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.
Basic strategy games are particularly suitable as starting points for investigations. Players instinctively try to discover a winning strategy, and usually the best way to do this is to analyse. . . .
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
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.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
How good are you at estimating angles?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
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?
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.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...