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

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

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 the rocket?

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

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 sports car?

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

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

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 these rabbits?

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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

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 Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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 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?

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

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

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

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 Granma T?

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 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?

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?

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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

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?

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

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

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

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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

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

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

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

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

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?