A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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

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

Two circles of equal radius touch at P. One circle is fixed whilst the other moves, rolling without slipping, all the way round. How many times does the moving coin revolve before returning to P?

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.

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?

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!

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

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 outline of this telephone?

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

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

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?

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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