Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?

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?

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.

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

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

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?

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

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

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

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?

Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?

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?

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

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

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

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 outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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!

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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.

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.

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?

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

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

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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

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

The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?

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?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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?