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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?

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

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

A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

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

Totality game for an adult and child. Be the first to reach your agreed total.

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.

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 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.

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

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. . . .

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?

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

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?

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.

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

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

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

A game to make and play based on the number line.

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

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?

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?