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The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line wins.

This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

A game for 2 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.

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.

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.

This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

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.

This is a game for 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.

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

An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

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.

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.

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.

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

A game for 2 players. Using 2 dice, some counters and a games board, can you form a line of counters from one side of the board to the other?

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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.

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.

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 derives from the Arabic El- quirkat. Watch out for being 'huffed'.

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100 percent.

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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.

Oware is a Mankala-like game of strategy from Ghana. Simple rules, but not so simple to win - and you'd better be good at counting! Play the computer or play a friend.

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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.

Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.

In this game, try not to colour two adjacent regions the same colour. Can you work out a strategy?

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?

We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?