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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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. 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 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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.

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

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.

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. . . .

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.

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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

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.

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

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

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?

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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

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

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

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

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

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

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

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 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 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.