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?

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

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?

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

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).

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?

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

I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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

I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?

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

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?

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.

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

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

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!

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

A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.

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.

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

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.

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

Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.

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.

Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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

A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.

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

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?

Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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

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?

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?

Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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

Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

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?

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.

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

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

Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .

Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?