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?

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

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!

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?

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

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

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

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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.

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

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

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

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?

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

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

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 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. . . .

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.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.

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

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?

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.

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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

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

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....?

Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.

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?

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

Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?