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

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?

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

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. 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 players. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

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

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.

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

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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

A game to make and play based on the number 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

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

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. . . .

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

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

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 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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.

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.