Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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?

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.

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 to make and play based on the number line.

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.

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

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.

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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 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?

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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