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.

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

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

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?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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

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?

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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?

The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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 make the birds from the egg tangram?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

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?

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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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 Little Ming playing the board game?

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?

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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

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 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?

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 outline of this goat and giraffe?

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 outline of the telescope and microscope?

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?