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

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 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 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.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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

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

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

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

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 loser is the player who takes the last counter.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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. . . .

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 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?

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

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. 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.

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.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

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...

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

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

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