Maths Games Starters:
A Very Strange Game: Four different actions depending on the number which appears.
Calc-A-Hundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills.
Calculator Nim: A game in which players take turns to add a single-digit number to what is already in the calculator. The winner is the player who makes the display show 30.
Kim's Game 1: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.
Kim's Game 2: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.
Kim's Game 3: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.
Simple Nim: The classic game of Nim played with a group of pens and pencils. The game can be extended to the multi-pile version.
Maths Games Advanced Starters:
Best Dice: Which of the unusual dice would you choose to give you the best chance of winning the prize?
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Make drill and practice fun by turning it into a game! Playing against a friend adds an extra incentive to do well. The memory game (Kim's game) can be used for general revision as it involves a number of different mathematical topics.
Maths Games Teacher Resources:
Fractions Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class recognise basic fractions.
Skunk: A game for the whole Maths class to play involving chance and choice.
Maths Bingo: This application will pick the bingo numbers for you and present each of the numbers as a mathematical expression.
Circle Parts Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the names for the parts of a circle.
Rounding Snap: If the last card put down equals the previous card to the nearest whole number then all players race to shout SNAP!
Angle Theorem Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the circle angle theorems.
Playing Card Maths: Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?
Plane Bearings: A visual aid designed to help pupils estimate three figure bearings.
Pesto: Students classify numbers randomly appearing on the screen by holding up cards
Dice Bingo: Choose your own numbers for your bingo card. The caller uses two dice and adds the numbers together.
Maths Games Activities:
Manifest: An exciting and thought-provoking number placing game for two players or one player versus the computer.
Mathematician Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game requiring the ability to recognise some of the great mathematicians.
Prime Pips in Pots: This is a version of Wari, one of the oldest known games to still be widely played today. It involves small prime numbers.
The Rowcol Game: A strategy game based on claiming tokens in specific rows and columns.
Fifteen: A strategy game. Play against the computer to select three numbers that add up to 15.
The Subtraction Game: This basic version of Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which players take turns removing sticks from a pile.
BIDMAS Game: An online interactive game celebrating the order of mathematical operations.
Number Crunch Saga: A lively numeracy game requiring you to align three numbers to create the given target sum or product.
23 or Bust: A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer.
Pairs Twenty One: Find the pairs of numbers that add up to 21 in this collection of matching games.
Pairs Eleven: Find pairs of playing cards of the same suit which add up to eleven.
Equivalent Fraction Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of equivalent fractions.
Algebra Pairs: The classic Pelmanism or pairs game requiring you to match equivalent expressions.
Tables Grab: A one or two player game. The objective is to grab all the multiples of the chosen times table faster than the other player.
Tables Dash: Revise multiplication facts by racing across the screen to match the times tables question with the correct answer without getting hit by lightning.
Flabbergasted Game: This game for one or two players is an exciting challenge to demonstrate an understanding of factors and multiples.
Square Pairs Game: A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number.
Tables Conga: Use the arrow keys to collect all the multiples in order while avoiding the Conga Virus!
Discombobulated: A fun game requiring you to find numbers which add up to the target number as quickly as possible.
Path Puzzle: A great puzzle requiring you to use all of the cards to create a continuous red line from start to finish.
Fizz Buzzer: The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter.
Equatero: Find the expression from a series of guesses and clues.
Inertia Racetrack: A racing game for two players in which they use vectors to control the movement of their cars.
Connect 4 Factors: This a game for one or two players. The winner is the first to line up four numbers with a common factor.
Boxed In Fractions: The classic dots and boxes two-player game with the addition of some fractions which determine your score.
Nevertheless: Players decide where to place the cards to make an equation with the largest possible solution.
Clock Times Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test the ability to compare analogue and digital times.
Fraction Decimal Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent decimals.
Fraction Percentage Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent percentages.
Pick The Primes: Pick the prime fruit from the tree as quickly as possible. Practise to improve your personal best time.
Hi-Low Predictions: A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower.
Indices Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of indices.
Pairs 240: Find the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give a product of 240 in this collection of matching games.
Don't Shoot The Square: You will need to be quick on the draw to shoot all of the numbers except the square numbers.
Alpha Twist: Develop your skills and understanding of rotation in this fast-paced challenge.
Transformation Tetris: Develop your skills translating and rotating shapes in this fast paced classic game.
DiceGebra: An online board game for two players evaluating algebraic equations and inequalities.
Dump-A-Dice Race: An online board game for two players involving prime and square numbers and making choices.
Circle Pairs: Find the matching pairs of circle diagrams and circle properties in this interactive online game.
Rounding Snap: If the last card put down equals the previous card to the nearest whole number then all players race to shout SNAP!
Watsadoo: Rotate the cogs to catch the flying numbers in the correct sections.
Numerate: Earn points by creating equations on the grid in this game of equations.
Choose Your Average: This is a game for two players. You should know how to find the mean, median and range of a set of numbers.
Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.
Mine Find: Find where the mines are hidden without stepping on one.
Boxed In Numbers: The classic dots and boxes game with the addition of some positive and negative numbers which determine your score.
Prime Pairs Game: A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a prime number.
Hexblock Hunter: The mathematical version of TV's Blockbusters game show. Find the mathematical words from the clues.
Pi-Mon: Memorise the digits of pi with help from some musical notes.
Where's Wallaby?: Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.
Remainder Race: A game involving chance and choice requiring an ability to calculate the remainder when a two digit number is divided by a single digit number.
Superior: A game for two players who compete to make the largest possible number from randomly selected cards.
Snail Race: A race between 12 snails. Which snail is most likely to win? This is the students' version of the race simulation.
Great Expectation: An interactive online activity requiring logical thinking and a certain amount of luck to place the digits on the correct side of the inequality sign.
Vocabero: Find the mathematical word from a series of guesses and clues.
Polybragging: The Transum version of the Top Trumps game played online with the properties of polygons.
Shark's Dinner: The mathematical version of the classic hangman game. Guess the letters that are contained in the words.
Graph Equation Pairs: Match the equation with its graph. Includes quadratics, cubics, reciprocals, exponential and the sine function.
Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.
Sum Game: A game against the clock to find the numbers which add up to the target number.
Hard Times: The hardest multiplication facts (according to Transum research) are presented in the form of pairs games.
Digital Darts: An online darts game for one or two players requiring skill, strategy and mental arithmetic.
Circle Theorem Pairs: A pairs game based around ten theorems about the angles made with chords, radii and tangents of circles.
Tug of War: A game for two players or teams testing their speedy reactions to mental arithmetic questions.
Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes.
Snooker Angles: An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles as bearings.
Mathopoly: A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.
Tran Towers: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.
Threes and Fives: A game for two players who take turns to add a domino to the line in order to score threes and fives.
Congruent Pairs: Match the congruent shapes, those with the same shape and size.
Venn Diagram Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of Venn diagrams.
Nim: Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from groups of objects.
Loci Construction Pairs: Match the description of the loci to the diagram of the construction.
Tran Tunnels: A mini adventure game containing maths puzzles and problems. Find your way through the maze of tunnels to find Goldberg's magic harpsicord.
Math vs Maths Pairs: Match the British and American words for mathematical concepts.
Yes No Questions: A game to determine the mathematical item by asking questions that can only be answered yes or no.
Maths Games Investigations:
Trilett: A strategy game requiring you to select three words with a common letter before the computer does.
Tantrum: A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.
Songkran Game: Where should you stand in the circle to win the Songkran game?
Maths Games Videos:
How to Play War Cards: This video shows how to play War cards tweaked just a little to turn it into a maths game.
Mathino Card Game: Introducing Mathino. A number facts card game.
Maths Kim's Game: Kim's Game requires you to remember a number of items and in this version the items are all mathematical. Improve your recall skills by playing along with this three-part memory challenge.
Maths Games Worksheets/Printables:
Fifteen Game Printable Cards: A pdf file of the cards used in the Fifteen game.
Game Boards: Printable game boards for Manifest, Scallywags, Nevertheless, Tantrum and Great Expectation.
Tran Towers Resources: A resource for the teacher containing a map of Tran Towers and instructions for figuring out the puzzles.
Trilett Printable Cards: A pdf file of the cards used in the Trilett game.
Game Board for 23 or Bust: A printable game board for 23 or Bust. Choose your own object to serve as the lifesaver such as a pencil sharpener, a rubber or a coin.
Strategy for 23 or Bust: A printable worksheet containing a table to be filled in with the best moves for the game 23 or Bust.
Rounding Snap Cards: Printable cards for the Rounding Snap game.
Snail Race Board: If pupils are unable to play the Snail Race online this printable board can be used with counters and dice.
Polybragging Cards: Printable cards for the Polybragging game. Use the properties of polygons to win.
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