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....?

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

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

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

Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

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

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

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

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?

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

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!

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

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

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

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

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

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

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

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

If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

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

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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.

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