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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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.

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

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

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.

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.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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

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

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

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.

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

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

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

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

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

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

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

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

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. . . .

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 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?

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

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.

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

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

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