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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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.

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

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. . . .

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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....?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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.

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?

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

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

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 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?

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?

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

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?

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

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?

A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.