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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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 interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

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

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. . . .

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

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

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.

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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

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

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?