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 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...
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .
How good are you at estimating angles?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
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?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
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. . . .
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
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 game to make and play based on the number line.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this 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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 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.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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.
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.