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?

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

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?

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 telephone?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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 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.

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?

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

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