Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Investigations based on an Indian game.
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. . . .
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
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.
How good are you at estimating angles?
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 simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
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 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.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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?
Can you discover whether this is a fair 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. . . .
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. . . .
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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.
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. . . .
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
A game for 2 players
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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. . . .
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.
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 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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
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.
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?