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

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

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 2 players. Each player has 4 counters each, and wins by blocking their opponent's counters. A good follow-on from two stones.

In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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.

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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 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.

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

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

This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?

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. . . .

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

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

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

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