A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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.
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?
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 on a large squared space.
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.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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. . . .
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Here are some games for you to play with an adult. They are all based on popular NRICH games.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
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?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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 game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?