What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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....?

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

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?

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

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?

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?

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

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

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

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?

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

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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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

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?

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

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?

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

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

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

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

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?

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

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

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

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

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

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!