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?
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?
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
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 for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A number game requiring a strategy.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.
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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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 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.
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. . . .
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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 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.
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 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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A Sudoku with a twist.