Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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 aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This is an adding game for two players.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
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.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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.
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.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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 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.
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.
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?
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 long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!