Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
A number game requiring a strategy.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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. . . .