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

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?

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?

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).

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

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. . . .

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?

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.

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

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.

Make an eight by eight square, the layout is the same as a chessboard. You can print out and use the square below. What is the area of the square? Divide the square in the way shown by the red dashed. . . .

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

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

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

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

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?

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!

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?

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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?

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.

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.