What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?

What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover this area?

Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.

What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

It is possible to dissect any square into smaller squares. What is the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected into?

Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .

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.

How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?

Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

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

Read about David Hilbert who proved that any polygon could be cut up into a certain number of pieces that could be put back together to form any other polygon of equal area.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular window is a wonderful example.

Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.

Have a good look at these images. Can you describe what is happening? There are plenty more images like this on NRICH's Exploring Squares CD.

This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.

My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of area.

Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made from 27 unit cubes so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original 3 by 3 by 3. . . .

You have pitched your tent (the red triangle) on an island. Can you move it to the position shown by the purple triangle making sure you obey the rules?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an explanation of how you did it?

At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .

What fractions of the largest circle are the two shaded regions?

How can you change the area of a shape but keep its perimeter the same? How can you change the perimeter but keep the area the same?

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Investigate the different ways of cutting a perfectly circular pie into equal pieces using exactly 3 cuts. The cuts have to be along chords of the circle (which might be diameters).