Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
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.
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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 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.
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.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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. . . .
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
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. 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.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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?