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. . . .

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.

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

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

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.

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

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

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

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

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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 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.

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.

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

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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.

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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

The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?

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

Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.

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?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?