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.

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

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!

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. . . .

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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 Little Fung at the table?

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 telephone?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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!