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

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?

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

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....?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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 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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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 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?

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

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?

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

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?

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.