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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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?

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....?

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 find all the different ways of lining up these 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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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?

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