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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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 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 outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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 outlines of the chairs?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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

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

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

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?

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 Little Fung at the table?

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

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

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

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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?

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

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 Little Ming playing the board game?

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 this telephone?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?

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

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

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 this sports car?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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