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

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

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

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 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

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

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 outlines of the candle and sundial?

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

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 Granma T?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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?

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

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 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 outline of the rocket?

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

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?

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 the chairs?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?