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.
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 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 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 two players. You'll need some counters.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque. . . .
An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.
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.
A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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. . . .
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.
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?