Challenge Level

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?

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.

Challenge Level

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Challenge Level

This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?

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.

Challenge Level

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

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.

Challenge Level

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...

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

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.

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.

Challenge Level

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.

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.

Challenge Level

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

Challenge Level

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

Challenge Level

In this game you are challenged to gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent.

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. . . .

Challenge Level

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

Challenge Level

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

Challenge Level

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.

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.

Challenge Level

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

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.

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.

Challenge Level

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

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.

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.

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

Challenge Level

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

A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.

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.

Challenge Level

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

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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

Challenge Level

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Challenge Level

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

Challenge Level

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. . . .

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?

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