A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

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 to make and play based on the number line.

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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?

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.

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

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.

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?

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 simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side and white on the other.

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.

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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

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

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.

This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?

This is an interactive net of a Rubik's cube. Twists of the 3D cube become mixes of the squares on the 2D net. Have a play and see how many scrambles you can undo!

Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

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

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.