A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
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 two players on a large squared space.
Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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 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.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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. . . .
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.
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.
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.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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.
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. . . .
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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.