Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
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.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A number game requiring a strategy.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
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?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?