Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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

The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

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

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?

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

Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

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

What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?