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Counters

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

The Path of the Dice

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Counter Roundup

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

Go Moku

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for two players on a large squared space.

How Long Does it Take?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?

First Connect Three for Two

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Put Yourself in a Box

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Endless Noughts and Crosses

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Twin Corresponding Sudoku III

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Seeing Squares for Two

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

Using Games in the Classroom

Age 7 to 16

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

Age 5 to 14

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

Squayles

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

Totality

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This is an adding game for two players.

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Spiralling Decimals for Two

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Age 5 to 14

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.

Seeing Squares

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Low Go

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Twinkle Twinkle

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

Lambs and Tigers

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Investigations based on an Indian game.

Wallpaper Sudoku

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Criss Cross Quiz

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

Jumping Reindeer

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

More Upper Primary Strategy Games

Age 7 to 11

Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.

Play to 37

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

Spiralling Decimals

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

Ratio Pairs 2

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.

Traffic Lights

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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. . . .

Primary Advent Calendar 2010

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Khun Phaen Escapes to Freedom

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

Online

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

The Twelve Pointed Star Game

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

Sliding Puzzle

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

Patience

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

Olympic Cards

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

Dicey Operations

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Nice or Nasty

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Tangram Pictures

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Quadruple Clue Sudoku

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

Fifteen

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Sliding Game

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

Welcoming Your New Class

Age 3 to 11

What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.

18 Hole Light Golf

Age 5 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?