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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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?
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and 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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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 game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Here are some games for you to play with an adult. They are all based on popular NRICH games.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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. . . .
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
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, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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 turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?