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Daisy

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Games from Around the World

Age 5 to 11
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Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

First Connect Three for Two

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Noughts and Crosses

Age 7 to 11
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A game for two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!

Incey Wincey Spider

Age 5 to 7
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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?

More Upper Primary Strategy Games

Age 7 to 11

Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.

Gotcha

Age 7 to 11
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A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

How Long Does it Take?

Age 7 to 11
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How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?

Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Age 5 to 7
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Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

Welcoming Your New Class

Age 3 to 11

What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.

Going for Games

Age 5 to 11

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.

Sumo

Age 7 to 11
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A number game requiring a strategy.

Totality for Two

Age 5 to 11
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Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

Counters

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Jumping Reindeer

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Age 7 to 11
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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?

For Two

Age 5 to 11

These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11
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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Roundabout

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Tug of War

Age 5 to 7
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Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

Matching Time

Age 5 to 7
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Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

Primary Advent Calendar 2010

Age 5 to 11
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Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Poker Bingo

Age 5 to 11
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A game played with a standard pack of cards.

Tac-tickle

Age 5 to 11
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This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

Dicey Operations in Line

Age 7 to 11
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Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Developing Logical Thinking: the Place of Strategy Games

Age 5 to 11

This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.

Asteroid Blast

Age 7 to 11
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A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

Chocolate Bars

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Less Is More

Age 5 to 11
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Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?

Line of Four

Age 5 to 7
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A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

Intersection Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16
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A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16
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Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Learning Mathematics Through Games: 3. Creating Your Own Games

Age 5 to 7

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.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

Age 5 to 14

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Age 5 to 14

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.

Tantrix Discovery

Age 5 to 7
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A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

Tug Harder!

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Strike it Out

Age 5 to 11
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Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Traffic Lights

Age 7 to 11
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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. . . .

Double or Halve?

Age 5 to 7
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Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

Low Go

Age 7 to 16
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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.

Fifteen

Age 7 to 14
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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Sliding Game

Age 7 to 11
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A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

The Twelve Pointed Star Game

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Fraction Card Game

Age 5 to 7
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Can you match the halves in this interactive game?

History Mystery

Age 7 to 16
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Can you identify the mathematicians?

Crocogator

Age 5 to 7
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A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

Nim-7

Age 5 to 14
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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Matching Numbers

Age 5 to 7
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Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 16
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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?