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!

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.

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

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.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?

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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?

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

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

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

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

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?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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

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. . . .

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?

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. . . .

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

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....?