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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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?

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 Little Ming?

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

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

These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

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

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

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?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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

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

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 Mai Ling?

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

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

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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

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

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

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

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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?

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

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

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

Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

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

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 candle and sundial?

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

The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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

Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

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

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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

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

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

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?

Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?

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

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?