Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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

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

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

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. Draw a daisy with at least 5 petals. Shade 1 or 2 petals next to each other. The winner shades the last petal.

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

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

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

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

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.

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

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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. . . .

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

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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.

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. . . .

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 to make and play based on the number line.

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.

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

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.

All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.

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

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

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.

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.

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .