Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?

Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?

Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give each set a name?

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

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

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

Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?

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

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

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?

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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.

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?

Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

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?

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

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

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

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

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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

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?

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

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

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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