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

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

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.

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 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?

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

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 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.

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 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.

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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...

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

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

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

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?

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