Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.
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. . . .
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?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
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.
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?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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 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?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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?
Determine the total shaded area of the 'kissing triangles'.
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
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?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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!
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?
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.
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Explore one of these five pictures.
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.
Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular window is a wonderful example.
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?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?
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?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
What fractions of the largest circle are the two shaded regions?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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. . . .
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.