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.

Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the busiest and most reluctant game designer.

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.

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

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. . . .

In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.

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

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 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from 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?

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?

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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

An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.

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

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

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?

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.

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?

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

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

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

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

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.

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

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.

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.

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. . . .

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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.

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

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

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