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

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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

Here are a collection of games from around the world to try during the holidays or the last few weeks of term.

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?

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

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

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

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 make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

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

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.

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

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

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

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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.

Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?

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. . . .

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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.

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

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...