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

You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

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?

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?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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

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?

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

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

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

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

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?

Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?

Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?

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

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?