Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Match the halves.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
How good are you at estimating angles?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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. . . .
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?
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?
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. . . .
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.