A game to make and play based on the number line.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque. . . .
An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.
This article explains the use of the idea of connectedness in networks, in two different ways, to bring into focus the basics of the game of Go, namely capture and territory.
The game of go has a simple mechanism. This discussion of the principle of two eyes in go has shown that the game does not depend on equally clear-cut concepts.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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. . . .
A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.
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.
This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.
A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .
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. . . .
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.
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 in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
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 players
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 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...
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
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.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
A new card game for two players.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
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.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Investigations based on an Indian game.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.