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

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.

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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.

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

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.

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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.

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

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

A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3 spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.

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?

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

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

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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

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

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

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.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

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?

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

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

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

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

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