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Gotcha

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Board Block Challenge for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

Sumo

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A number game requiring a strategy.

How Long Does it Take?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Matching Time

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

First Connect Three for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Primary Advent Calendar 2010

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

More Upper Primary Strategy Games

Age 7 to 11

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

Daisy

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Incey Wincey Spider for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

Games from Around the World

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Jumping Reindeer

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Totality for Two

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Incey Wincey Spider

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

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.

Counters

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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.

For Two

Age 5 to 11

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

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.

Roundabout

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Tac-tickle

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

Poker Bingo

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game played with a standard pack of cards.

Dicey Operations in Line

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

Play to 37

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Low Go

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Fraction Card Game

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you match the halves in this interactive game?

Asteroid Blast

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Chocolate Bars

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Fractions and Coins Game

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.

Scissors, Paper, Rock

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

Line of Four

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

Spiralling Decimals

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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.

Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

18 Hole Light Golf

Age 5 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

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.

Double or Halve?

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

Tantrix Discovery

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.

Ratio Pairs 2

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

Less Is More

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Tug Harder!

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

Online

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Strike it Out

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

Countdown

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

100 Percent

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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. . . .

History Mystery

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you identify the mathematicians?

Dicey Addition

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding couldn't be fun?