Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
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.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown 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?
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
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 work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
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. . . .
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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.
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 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.
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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?