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

Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg in a square hole?

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

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

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 is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.

Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?

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

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?

This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.

Prove that a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 6 has the same area as a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 8. Find other pairs of non-congruent isosceles triangles which have equal areas.

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?

A tower of squares is built inside a right angled isosceles triangle. The largest square stands on the hypotenuse. What fraction of the area of the triangle is covered by the series of squares?

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

A circle with the radius of 2.2 centimetres is drawn touching the sides of a square. What area of the square is NOT covered by the circle?

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

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

A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .

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?

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?

The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?

Follow the instructions and you can take a rectangle, cut it into 4 pieces, discard two small triangles, put together the remaining two pieces and end up with a rectangle the same size. Try it!

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?

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

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.

Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.

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

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?

What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?

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

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

How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?

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?

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?

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

You have a 12 by 9 foot carpet with an 8 by 1 foot hole exactly in the middle. Cut the carpet into two pieces to make a 10 by 10 foot square carpet.

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

Determine the total shaded area of the 'kissing triangles'.

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

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?

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

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

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

Bluey-green, white and transparent squares with a few odd bits of shapes around the perimeter. But, how many squares are there of each type in the complete circle? Study the picture and make. . . .