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Snail Trails

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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. . . .

Stop or Dare

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Squayles

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 1. Why Games?

Age 5 to 14

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.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 2.types of Games

Age 5 to 14

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

Using Games in the Classroom

Age 7 to 16

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

Spiralling Decimals for Two

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Estimating Angles

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

How good are you at estimating angles?

Low Go

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Lambs and Tigers

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Investigations based on an Indian game.

Fifteen

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Patience

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Game of PIG - Sixes

Age 7 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

Games Related to Nim

Age 5 to 16

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.

FEMTO

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A new card game for two players.

Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Got a Strategy for Last Biscuit?

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

Got It

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

Jam

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Wallpaper Sudoku

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Countdown

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Fractions and Percentages Card Game

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

Jam

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A game for 2 players

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

History Mystery

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you identify the mathematicians?

Turnablock

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side and white on the other.

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

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

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Sliding Puzzle

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

Intersection Sudoku 1

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku with a twist.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Age 5 to 14

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. . . .

Ratio Sudoku 1

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Pentanim

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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.

Nim

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The loser is the player who takes the last counter.

Making Maths: Snake Pits

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Have You Got It?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Intersection Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Football World Cup Simulation

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

Nim-7

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Factors and Multiples Game

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

First Connect Three

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Twinkle Twinkle

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

Intersection Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

A Sudoku with a twist.

Nim-7 for Two

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Dominoes

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.

Nim-like Games

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A collection of games on the NIM theme