Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
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?
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?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!