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?

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 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?

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. . . .

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

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.

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 that tests your understanding of remainders.

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.

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 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.

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...

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

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

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 shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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

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

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. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

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

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

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. . . .

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 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.

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

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.

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. . . .

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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