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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
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.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown 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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?
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.
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 Sudoku with a twist.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .
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 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 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 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.
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
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?
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
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 article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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.
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.