Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
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?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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....?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
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?
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?
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a 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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory in this matching pairs game.
Practise your tables skills and try to beat your previous best score in this interactive game.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
The 2012 primary advent calendar features twenty-four of our posters, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.