In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.

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.

Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.

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

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

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 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.

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. . . .

This is a challenging game of strategy for two players with many interesting variations.

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.

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.

A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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?

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

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

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?

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

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.

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...

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. . . .

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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 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?

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

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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