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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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?

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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. . . .

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.

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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 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 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.

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

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?

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.

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. . . .

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?

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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

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

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.

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

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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

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...