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. . . .
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.
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.
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, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
How good are you at estimating angles?
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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 new card game for two players.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy 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.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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 chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?
A game for 2 players
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
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.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.
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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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 clues as ratios.
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.
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.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
A collection of games on the NIM theme