Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.

Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?

Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

How many right angles can you make using two sticks?

Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?

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?

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?

There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?

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

Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?

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

Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.