Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

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

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. . . .

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

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

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

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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.

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.

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

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

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.

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

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.

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

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.

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.

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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

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 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. . . .

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?

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

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.

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