There are 143 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Games, you may find related items under Mathematical Thinking.Broad Topics > Mathematical Thinking > Games
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
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?
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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?
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.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Can you match pairs of fractions, decimals and percentages, and beat your previous scores?
How good are you at estimating angles?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
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.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.
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?
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?