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.
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?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
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.
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.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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. . . .
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.
A game for two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.
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 for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.