An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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?

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?

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

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

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?

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

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 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?

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

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

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.

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

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.

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

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

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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?

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?

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

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