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?

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.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 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?

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 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?

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

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!

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

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?

Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

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

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

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

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?

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?

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

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .

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.

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?