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

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.

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.

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

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!

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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 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 article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

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

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.

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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.