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

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .

A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.

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 outlines of the chairs?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

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

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

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?

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

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?

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

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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

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

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

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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?

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.

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?

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?

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....?

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

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

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

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

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