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.

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?

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

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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 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 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 this sports car?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.

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!

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

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

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?

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?

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.