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

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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

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?

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

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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

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

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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

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 these people?

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

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 this telephone?

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

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?

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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

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

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

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 chairs?

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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

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

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

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

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

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?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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