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. . . .

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

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

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?

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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

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

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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 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.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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

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.

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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

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

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?

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

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

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. . . .