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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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.

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.

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. . . .

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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. . . .