Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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.
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?
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.
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.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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.
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
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.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you 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.