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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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. . . .

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 the child walking home from school?

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

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 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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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

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

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

The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 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?

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