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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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?

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?

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

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?

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?

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

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

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 outlines of the workmen?

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 lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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

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

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

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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

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

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

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

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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

What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

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

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

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

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?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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

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?

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?