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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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 the rocket?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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!

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

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

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?

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

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?

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

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

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....?

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?

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?

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

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

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

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

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

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

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?

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 telephone?

Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?

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

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

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

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