Squaring the Round

Squaring The Round Photo“Squaring the circle”* has been a challenge for geometers for centuries. This challenge was my inspiration for “Squaring the Round” — a new game of skill.


  • Cylindrical container (e.g., oatmeal tub, ice cream bucket, large ricotta cheese container, large deli container)
  • Boxes – enough to encircle the container (e.g., saltine box, cereal box).NOTE:
  • Boxes must be as tall as the container
  • Scissors
  • Measuring stick or tape
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Marker
  • Tape ball or bean bag

To Make:


  • Arrange boxes around the cylindrical container until a desirable fit has been achieved.
  • Avoid creating a space large enough for the ball to slip through.
  • Measure the height of the cylindrical container. Use this measurement for the height of the boxes; mark and cut.
    Using tape, cover the cut edges of the boxes.
    Place boxes in predetermined arrangement around the cylindrical container. Tape together where possible.
    Using marker assign points to each section.

Tape Ball:

Wad newspaper into a ball. Wrap with tape.
To Play:
In an open area set target on the floor or ground. Determine the distance from which the ball or bean bag is to be thrown.
Determine what constitutes a “win” (e.g., highest/lowest number of points in ten throws; first person or team to reach 20 points)
*The objective of “Squaring the Circle” is to construct a circle, calculate its area, and then construct a square with the same area using only a compass and straight edge.