Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

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?

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?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

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

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

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

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning 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?

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!

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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

Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

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

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

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?

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?

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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

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?

These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.

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?

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

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!

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

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

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?

Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.

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?

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

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?

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

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....?

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

Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?

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

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