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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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

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?

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?

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.

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

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

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

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

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

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

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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!

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

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?

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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 environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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?

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....?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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