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?

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

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

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.

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

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 outlines of the candle and sundial?

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 the rocket?

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

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?

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

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

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

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 investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

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

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

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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 Little Fung at the table?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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

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?