Look at the red shape below, drawn on a centimetre square grid:

It is made of 6 centimetre squares, so its **area **is **6 cm ^{2}**.

Its perimeter is the total of the distances around all four sides.

Starting at the base and going anticlockwise around the shape, we work out that:

the **perimeter** is 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 = **10 cm**.

Now look at the blue shape below, drawn on a centimetre square grid:

It is also made of 6 centimetre squares, so its **area **is also **6 cm ^{2}**.

Its perimeter is the total of the distances around all its sides.

Starting at the base and going anticlockwise around the shape, we work out that:

the **perimeter** is 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = **14 cm**.

Shapes with the **same area **can have **different perimeters**.