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

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!

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

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?

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

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

Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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.