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.

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

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?

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!

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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

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!

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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. . . .

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....?

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

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?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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.

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 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.

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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

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?

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.

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

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