Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?

Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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.

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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.

This is a game for two players. What must you subtract to remove the rolled digit from your number? The first to zero wins!

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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.

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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 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 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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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 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.

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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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?

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

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?

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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.

Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.