In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first?
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. . . .
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
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 train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
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 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Investigations based on an Indian 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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.
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. . . .
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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?