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?

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

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

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

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!

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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

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?

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

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

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

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?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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?

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.

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

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

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?

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.

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

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?

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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. . . .

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

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

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

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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?

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?

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

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?

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

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

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?

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

Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?

Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.

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

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

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

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 make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?

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

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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