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

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

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

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

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every 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?

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?

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?

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

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 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?

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?

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!

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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....?

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

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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

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

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?