Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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?
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 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 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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A fun game for two. 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.
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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 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 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 on a large squared space.
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.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.
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?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 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.
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 played with a standard pack of cards.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you match the halves in this interactive game?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?