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

Can you deduce the perimeters of the shapes from the information given?

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?

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

We started drawing some quadrilaterals - can you complete them?

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

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

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

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. . . .

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?

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.

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

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?

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?

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

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?

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 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?

This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

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

Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.