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!

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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....?

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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

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

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?

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?

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?

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

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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