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.

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

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

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.

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?

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

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

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.

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

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

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

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

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

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?

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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!

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

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.

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

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?

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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. . . .

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

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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.

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?

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

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

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

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