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

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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

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

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

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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. . . .

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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 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...

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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 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?

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

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.

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

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation 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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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.

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.

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

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