Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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.
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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?
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.
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
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.
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. . . .
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.
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?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
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.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
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 Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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 to make and play based on the number line.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Match the cards of the same value.
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.
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 shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
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?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
How good are you at estimating angles?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A Sudoku with a twist.