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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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?

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

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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

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 outline of Mai Ling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

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

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

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

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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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

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

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

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

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

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

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 goat and giraffe?

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

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

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

Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.

Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

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

What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

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?

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

What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

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

In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

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

Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.

For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?

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