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.

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

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 for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.

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

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.

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

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

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. 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?

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

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.

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

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

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.

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

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

A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.

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.

A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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.

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

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.