Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

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....?

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?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?

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

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?

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!

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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

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?

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?

Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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?

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

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?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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?

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.

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

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

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

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.

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.

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