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

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

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

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.

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 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. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

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. . . .

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 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, 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.

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

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.

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?

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.

This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .

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

A game for 2 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

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?

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...

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

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

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.

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