Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

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

We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?

If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?

Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?