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

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

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

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

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?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

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

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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 outline of Granma T?

If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

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 this junk?

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

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?

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

Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

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 outlines of these people?

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 clocks?

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