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?
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design. Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two different types of triangle?
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?
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
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. . . .
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
A train building game for 2 players.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each 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?
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?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A simulation of target archery practice
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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!
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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!
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 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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....?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
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 Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?