A number card game for 2-6 players.
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.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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 fun game for two. You'll need some counters.
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.
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.
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.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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 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.
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?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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. . . .
A game for two people that everybody knows. If you play correctly you never lose!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.