This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

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

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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

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.

The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

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

Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

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

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 dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?

Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?