A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

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.

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?

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

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?

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. . . .

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.

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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?

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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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!

Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?

Can you set the logic gates so that the number of bulbs which are on is the same as the number of switches which are on?

Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?

Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?

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

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

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

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?

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?

Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?

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

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

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 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?

Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?

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?

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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

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?

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

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....?