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?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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

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.

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

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?

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!

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

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?

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

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

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?

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!

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

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?

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

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

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

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. . . .

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

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.

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

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.

Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

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

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

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?

Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

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

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

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

Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.

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?

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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

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

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?

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

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

Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.

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?

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.