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!

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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....?

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

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?

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

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 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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

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

Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?

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?

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

What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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?

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

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?

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

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

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

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

Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?