Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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

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?

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

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

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!

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?

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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?

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.

Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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

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 put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

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

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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?

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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

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

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?