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

A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger space.

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. . . .

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.

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

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

A game for two players. You'll need some counters and somewhere to draw a board.

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.

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

You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two of the numbers to multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row?

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

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

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

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!