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!

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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?

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?

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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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. . . .

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.

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?