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.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 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.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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.
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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?
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
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.
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.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.