An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
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 collection of games on the NIM theme
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
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.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
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.
A number game requiring a strategy.
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.
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.
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 Sudoku with a twist.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
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 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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.
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. . . .
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.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...