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!

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?

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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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 interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?

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 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. . . .

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 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?

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

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?

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

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

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?

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

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?

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....?

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

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?

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

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?