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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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

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?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

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?

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

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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

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 Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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 plaque design?

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?

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 outlines of the candle and sundial?

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 workmen?

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

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

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

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

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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?