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

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3 spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.

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?

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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 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 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 in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

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.

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.

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

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.

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

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.

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.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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. . . .