A number card game for 2-6 players.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A number game requiring a strategy.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
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.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
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?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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 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 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.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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?
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?