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

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

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?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

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

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

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

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 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?

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

Can you use the interactive to complete the tangrams in the shape of butterflies?

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

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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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

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

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 Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

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 Mai Ling?

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

Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?

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

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

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?

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 child walking home from school?

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

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

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 this telephone?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?