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 make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

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 outline of this goat and giraffe?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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 outlines of the workmen?

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

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?

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 outlines of these clocks?

If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

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

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

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

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 outline of Little Fung at the table?

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

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 outlines of the candle and sundial?

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

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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 the child walking home from school?

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.

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?

Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees. Who do you think is right?

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.