A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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 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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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 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.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
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.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
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.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
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?
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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.
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 two players on a large squared space.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!