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?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
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 for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
A fun puzzle with tantrix tiles.
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.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
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. . . .
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Match the halves.
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?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
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.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory
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.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
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. . . .