Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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 for 2 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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?
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.
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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. . . .
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
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. . . .
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?