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?

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....?

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.

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?

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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 junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

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. . . .

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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?

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

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!

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

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?

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