Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
A number game requiring a strategy.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
This is a game for two players. What must you subtract to remove the rolled digit from your number? The first to zero wins!
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 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
This is an adding game for two players.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
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 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 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.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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.
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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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.
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?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.