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

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

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?

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?

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

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!

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

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

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

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

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

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. . . .

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?

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

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every 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?

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

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?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

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?

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

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?

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.

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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?

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....?

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?

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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

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

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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?

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

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

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

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?

Identical discs are flipped in the air. You win if all of the faces show the same colour. Can you calculate the probability of winning with n discs?

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

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.