Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

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?

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....?

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

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

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!

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.

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.

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

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

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?

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

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. . . .

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?

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

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?

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

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 interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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. . . .

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

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

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