Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Match the halves.
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 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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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. . . .
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. . . .
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Here are some games for you to play with an adult. They are all based on popular NRICH games.
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.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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 matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.