Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
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. . . .
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
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.
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 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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.