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.

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.

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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!

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 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?

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

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?

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

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

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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. . . .

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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!

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

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

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

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?

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

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

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?

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

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?

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

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

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

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?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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