An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.

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.

A game for two players based on a game from the Somali people of Africa. The first player to pick all the other's 'pumpkins' is the winner.

Try playing this game from New Zealand at the beach by drawing the board in the sand. Find an opponent and see if you can win by ending up with your shell in the centre space.

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

A game for 2 players. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.

This game for two, was played in ancient Egypt as far back as 1400 BC. The game was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it is mentioned in 13th century manuscripts, and the Spanish name Alquerque. . . .

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

This game is known as Pong hau k'i in China and Ou-moul-ko-no in Korea. Find a friend to play or try the interactive version online.

A game from Italy. Play with a friend and see if you can be the first to get five pieces in a line.

The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4 or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them off again?

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

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.

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.

This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch'i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces - try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.

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

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 game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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.

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

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 in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

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

A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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

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?

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

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

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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.

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

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

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.