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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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

These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.