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

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.

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?

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

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!

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

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?

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?

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

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

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

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

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

Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

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

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

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

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?

What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?

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

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.

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. . . .

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

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?

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?

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

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

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?

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

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

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

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