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

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

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

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

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?

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

Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.

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

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

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

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.

How many right angles can you make using two sticks?

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?

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?

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

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

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

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

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

If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?

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.

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?

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

Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.

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.

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. . . .

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?

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

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?

Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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!

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.

Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?

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

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