A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
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 two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
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.
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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. . . .
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?
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 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?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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 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.
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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 or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .