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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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!

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

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?

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

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

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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!

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.

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

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 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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?

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?

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