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 supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

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

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. . . .

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

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

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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.

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 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.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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

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

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.

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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

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

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.

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

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 Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

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 sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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

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

Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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 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.

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

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.