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

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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?

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

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

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.

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

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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.

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. . . .

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.

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 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.

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

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

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

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.

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 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 is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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.

Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.

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.

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

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

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

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

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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?

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

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

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...