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

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.

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

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?

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!

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

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

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?

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

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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 chairs?

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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?

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 outlines of these people?

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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?

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?

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