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

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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?

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

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!

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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.

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

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.

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?