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

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?

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

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!

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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!

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....?

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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.

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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