An odd version of tic tac toe
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A train building game for 2 players.
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.
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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Match the halves.
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.
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.
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. . . .
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than 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.
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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.
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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. . . .
A game to make and play based on the number line.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?