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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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 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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
An odd version of tic tac toe
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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 two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
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 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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. . . .
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.
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 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. . . .
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing 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?
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?
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you 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.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.