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

A game for 2 players with similarities 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.

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?

A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

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.

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

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.

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

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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 game to make and play based on the number line.

A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?

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.

Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.

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.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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 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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.

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

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

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

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

Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?