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. . . .

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

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

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.

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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

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 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 with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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.

Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

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.

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.

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

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

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 article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

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