Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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....?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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 work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
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?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
A variant on the game Alquerque
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 the child walking home from school?