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

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.

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.

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. . . .

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

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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 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.

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 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 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.

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

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.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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 for 2 players. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.

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...

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

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

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.

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.