A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.

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

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?

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?

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?

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

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

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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 create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.

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 the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?

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

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?

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

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

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?

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

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

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

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

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?

Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.

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?

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?

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