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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.

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

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.

Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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

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.

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

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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.