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.

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.

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

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?

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

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.

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?

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

A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.

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

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

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

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

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?

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. . . .

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?

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

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?

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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?