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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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.

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?

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

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 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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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. . . .

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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. . . .