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.

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?

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!

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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. . . .

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

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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.

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

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

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

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?

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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

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

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

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

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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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.

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?

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?

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?