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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Board Block Challenge game for an adult and child. Can you prevent your partner from being able to make a shape?

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

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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

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

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?

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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

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 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.

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

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

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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.

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

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?

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.

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

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

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

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

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.

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

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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.

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?

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