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?

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

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

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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?

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 the child walking home from school?

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?

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

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 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 Little Fung at the table?

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

Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

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

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

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?

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 Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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

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

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

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

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?

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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

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

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

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

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

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?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?