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

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.

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.

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.

Square It 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.

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

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

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.

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

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

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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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

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.

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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 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.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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

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. . . .

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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

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 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.

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