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?

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

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?

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!

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?

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 blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?

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. . . .

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

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.

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?