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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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....?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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?

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

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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

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

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!

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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.

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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

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

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. . . .

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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

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!