Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block 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.

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

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

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .

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.

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.

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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. . . .

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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

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 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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.