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. . . .
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
An odd version of tic tac toe
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.
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 is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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?
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.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?