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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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....?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

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

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?

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!

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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

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.

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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

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

These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.

This rectangle is cut into five pieces which fit exactly into a triangular outline and also into a square outline where the triangle, the rectangle and the square have equal areas.

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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?

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