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.

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

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.

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

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.

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The loser is the player who takes the last counter.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 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. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the matchsticks that touch it.

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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. . . .

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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 find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?

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.

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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. . . .

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.

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