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.

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

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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.

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

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

A game for 2 players. This could be played outside with people instead of counters. Try to trap or escape from your opponent.

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

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.

In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.

What might your first lesson with a new class look like? In this article, Cherri Moseley makes some suggestions for primary teachers.

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

This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.

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.

Here are some more upper primary strategy games for you to play.

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

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

Here are some games for you to play with an adult. They are all based on popular NRICH games.

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

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

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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

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?

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

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?

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?

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

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

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

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

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.

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.