Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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?
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.