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

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?

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

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

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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?

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....?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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

What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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

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 telephone?

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?

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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

Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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