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?

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

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

What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?

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?

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 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. . . .

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

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

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

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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 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.

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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.

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

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

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

How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.

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

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?

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?