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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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!

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

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

An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.

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

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.

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

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

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

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?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

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?

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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?

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?

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. . . .

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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?

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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

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

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

Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.

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

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.