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

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.

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

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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

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

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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

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?

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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. 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?

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

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.

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?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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 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.

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