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!

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

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?

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

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?

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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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

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

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

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 article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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....?

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

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. . . .

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?

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

Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?

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

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