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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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. . . .

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.

Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

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

In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?

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. . . .

Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?

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 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?

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

ABC and DEF are equilateral triangles of side 3 and 4 respectively. Construct an equilateral triangle whose area is the sum of the area of ABC and DEF.

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. . . .

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.

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. . . .

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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?

Given a square ABCD of sides 10 cm, and using the corners as centres, construct four quadrants with radius 10 cm each inside the square. The four arcs intersect at P, Q, R and S. Find the. . . .

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

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?

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

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

What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

Six circular discs are packed in different-shaped boxes so that the discs touch their neighbours and the sides of the box. Can you put the boxes in order according to the areas of their bases?

Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?

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.

Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

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!

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.

A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

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?

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?

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 is the ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?

Draw two circles, each of radius 1 unit, so that each circle goes through the centre of the other one. What is the area of the overlap?

Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?

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