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.

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, 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.

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.

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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. . . .

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

Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?

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 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.

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

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. 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?

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.

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

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?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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