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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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?

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

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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

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

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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

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

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 outline of the telescope and microscope?

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

This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

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 these rabbits?

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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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?

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?

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

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

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