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?

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

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 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?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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?

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....?

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation