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 game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
A number game requiring a strategy.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
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 game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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 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 game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
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 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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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?
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
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?
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.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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?
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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. . . .
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?