Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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.
Can you match pairs of fractions, decimals and percentages, and beat your previous scores?
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?
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.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
Can you identify the mathematicians?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
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.
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?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
How good are you at estimating angles?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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.
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. . . .
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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.
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.