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Counters

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

How Long Does it Take?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?

Train Tactics for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

First Connect Three for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

Twinkle Twinkle

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

Matching Time

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

Train Tactics

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?

Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Low Go

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Sliding Game

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

Double or Halve?

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Board Block

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

Fifteen

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Intersection Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Horizontal Vertical

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

Going for Games

Age 5 to 11

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.

Fractions and Coins Game

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.

Fraction Card Game

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you match the halves in this interactive game?

Tac-tickle

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

Roundabout

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Traffic Lights

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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. . . .

Counter Roundup

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

Jumping Reindeer

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Online

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Ratio Pairs 2

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Age 5 to 14

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.

Strike it Out

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Less Is More

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?

Welcoming Your New Class

Age 3 to 11

What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.

Nim-7 for Two

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Dicey Operations in Line

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Dicey Addition

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding couldn't be fun?

For Two

Age 5 to 11

These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.

Spiralling Decimals for Two

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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 for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

Totality for Two

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

Stop the Clock for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

Strike it Out for Two

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Board Block for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

18 Hole Light Golf

Age 5 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Got it for Two

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Ten-frames Games

Age 3 to 7

These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.

Money Line-up

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.

Play to 37

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.