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.
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. . . .
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?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.
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.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
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.
Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.
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 from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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 Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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.
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
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.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
These tasks and games are written for a child and adult to try together.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?