Are you a teacher, parent, or student looking for a creative project idea? You should find this list of 62 project ideas to be a great resource for designing activities and projects.
When students create projects, they are the active agent in the learning process; the classroom is centered on the student rather than the teacher and the role of the instructor evolves to that of the facilitator. This list should give you great ideas to create projects for any topic of study. Leave a comment below to share how you’ve applied these ideas in your home or classroom.
- Advertisements: create an advertising campaign to sell a product. The product can be real or imaginary. Try using this to teach persuasion, as an assignment for speech class, or to reinforce skills learned in a consumer class.
- Album Covers: create artwork for an album. The album may be connected to a skill (such a multiplication) and should demonstrate or explain how that skill is used. Or the album cover may be connected to a novel and the art work might present a relevant theme in the story. Another use would be to have students create natural disaster album covers in a science class where the cover would depict and explain the event.
- Autobiographies: write the story of your life. This assignment may help you teach autobiography or reinforce a broad range of writing skills.
- Awards: create awards to present to historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from a novel.
- Banners: create an informational banner. Students could create time lines of the American civil war or the Spanish alphabet.
- Bar Graphs: create illustrated bar graphs. These may be used to explore data sets, use statistics to support a point, or illustrate a growth or change in a market.
- Biographies: write the life story of someone else. It could be a friend, family member, historical figure, or a fictional character.
- Blogs: create blogs for literary characters or historical figures. Create an actual blog for free at blogger.com or just have students write and organize articles on white printer paper if the internet is not available.
- Blueprints: create blueprints or floor plans of a scene described in a novel, an historic setting, or an earthquake proof bridge or structure.
- Boardgames: create boardgames where students review course concepts. Game play should be based around answering review questions correctly.
- Book Clubs: Students read either novels or selections from the text book and discuss the readings in small groups. Students might be required to take notes about the discussion or provide an audio recording of the discussion as the artifact to be evaluated. Students might also create discussion questions beforehand and have these approved by the instructor. This activity may be applied to reading selections in any subject.
- Booklets: create an informational booklet. In the past I’ve had students create booklets showing comma rules, narrator’s perspective, genre, figurative language, and more. Booklets can be applied to almost any unit of study and all they require to make are some blank white printer paper folded in half, one of my favorites.
- Bookmarks: create illustrated bookmarks with relevant information. A bookmark might summarize previous chapters or contain the definitions of challenging vocabulary words.
- Brochures: brochures can be made as either tri-fold or bi-folds. Students can create informational brochure’s about geographic locations, a story’s setting, or a natural event such as how a tidal wave is formed or how the food chain works.
- Calendars: create a calendar charting the dates of key events. This can be applied to an historical event (like a famous battle), a scientific event (such a the path of Hurricane Katrina), or the sequence of events in story.
- Casting Calls: select people (fictional, famous, or otherwise) to play the role in a movie version of story or historic event. Explain which character traits were considered in each selection.
- Cheers: create a cheer explaining a scientific or mathematical process. Alternately, a cheer could summarize the events of a novel or an historic episode.
- Classified Ads: create classified type ads as seen in newspapers. It could be a wanted ad or a M4F type ad depending on the age of your students. Update the concept and have students create Craigslist ads or Ebay listings. Example applications include covering vocabulary words, introducing multiple characters in a drama, examining figures in an historical event, or studying endangered and extinct plants and animals.
- Coat of Arms: create a family coat of arms for a character from a novel or a person from history. A good activity for teaching symbolism.
- Collages: create a collage or collection of images related to a topic. Images can be hand drawn, printed, or clipped from a magazine or newspaper. These work best with large thematic ideas that give students the ability to maneuver, like a collage representing slavery, the 1920s, or an entire story.
- Comic Strips or Books: create an illustrated comic strip or book representing events from history or a work of fiction.
- Crossword Puzzles: create a crossword puzzle to review definitions of challenging vocabulary words. Great for science, social studies, reading, and even math terms.
- Diary Entries: create a diary entries for a person from history or a fictional character who experienced an historic event. Can also be applied to characters in a story or survivors of a disaster.
- Dramas: create a play. Students might adapt an existing story or create original works and plays can be centered around any event in history.
- Editorials: provide an opinion about a hot topic in history or science. Should the space program be reduced? Is US military intervention in current conflicts appropriate? Is global warming a concern?
- Fables: create fables that teach a lesson. Students may create illustrated story boards of their original fables or even dramatic adaptations which they then perform. A good character building activity.
- Flags: create a flag representing either an actual county (like Libya) or fictitious place (like Narnia). This project should be accompanied by a brief report explaining what ideas the colors and images on the flags represent.
- Flash Cards: create cards helpful for study and review. Flash cards can be created for any subject and topic.
- Flowcharts: students create flowcharts analyzing and representing a mathematical process, a natural event, or an event in history or literature.
- Glossaries: If students need to understand a large array of vocabulary words, consider having them construct glossaries to help them study and review.
- Hieroglyphics: create pictures that represent vocabulary words. Alternately, students could retell the events of a story or historical episode in simple pictures.
- ID Badges: create identification cards for characters from a work of literature or for people involved in an historical event. Include relevant details on the badges.
- Illustrated Quotes: Have students choose a meaningful quote from a text that they are reading. They should explain why the quote interests them and then write the quote on a blank sheet of paper and draw related images.
- Instructions: write instructions on how to perform an operation or experiment, diagram a sentence, or start a World War.
- Inventions: create and illustrate your new invention that address a problem in nature or society. Address environmental or sociological issues.
- Limericks: write limericks about events from history or scientific discoveries such as, “There once was a man named Sir Newton…”
- Magazines: create magazines covering large units of study such as the Industrial Revolution or Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, that way many articles can be written. Images may also be drawn or printed and added to the publication.
- Maps: create maps based on actual geographic or national boundaries and landmarks or maps illustrating the setting of a story and the journey of a character.
- Merit Badges: create vocabulary merit badges where the term is defined in three or fewer words and a small image is drawn to represent the definition.
- Movie Adaptations: plan a movie version of a novel, scientific discovery, or historical event. Pick who will play what role, plan scenes, write dialog, even create a soundtrack.
- Murals: create a mural or a large drawing of many images related to a larger idea. A mural about the Harlem Renaissance might contain images of Langston Hughes,Â Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois.
- Myths: write creation myths to account for scientific or historic events or for a creative writing assignment.
- Newscasts: deliver important information from literature, history, science, or math in the form of a newscast. Newscast can be prerecorded or presented live.
- Pen-pals: write letters to and from important people from history or the characters in a story.
- Poems and Raps: write a poem or rap reviewing any topic.
- Postcards: similar to the pen-pals assignment above, but postcards have illustrations representing thematic concepts.
- Posters: create posters to review skills. As a bonus, many of these posters can often be displayed during state tests, so if your students create high quality posters, the posters may be a useful resource during the test.
- Questionnaires: create a questionnaire and survey students to gather an understanding about thematic issues from a text or social problems for a speech or presentation.
- Radio Broadcasts: create a script for a radio program covering any appropriate field of study.
- Reader’s Theater: silently act out the events of a story or text alone or with a group of people while someone reads the text aloud. Students should be given time to prepare their acting.
- Recipes: students can create recipes about how atoms combine to form molecules (H2O), or how to create events like the French Revolution or World War I (add one Arch Duke).
- Scrapbooks: create a scrapbook of your favorite poems or important events from a decade.
- Skits: create a short skit to bring an historical event to life.
- Slide Shows: if you have access to enough computers and a projector, I suggest having students create PowerPoint presentations. With just a little instruction, students should be able to create pretty flashy presentations, and you can combine this project with a research paper as a culminating activity.
- Soundtracks: create a soundtrack for a movie version of a novel or historical or natural event. Use actual songs or just describe the mood of each song if you do not know song titles. Explain why you feel that each song matches the event. A good activity to review mood.
- Stamps: students create commemorative stamps honoring people, depicting elements from the periodic table, or challenging vocabulary terms.
- Storyboards: create story boards summarize a short story or to plan a narrative, movie, or presentation.
- Tests: write a test to help you review unit goals and objectives. Questions can be multiple choice, matching, and true or false. Answer keys should be provided.
- Vocabulary Quilts: create quilts with badges representing the meanings of vocabulary terms. Badges should have an image and a few words.
- Websites: design websites that historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from novels would have had. Also, student can create websites for historical movements, scientific theories, or literary concepts.
- Worksheets: create review worksheets. Worksheets can be applied to any subject and topic of study.
- Yearbooks: create yearbooks reviewing the characters and events from several stories that the class read or containing information about many important figures from history.
I hope this list of project ideas will prove to be a valuable resource in creating projects for your students or children. Feel free to share any of your ideas below in the comments and thank you for visiting.
Mike/ December 17, 2014
Some great ideas here – cheers!
Rushdy/ December 7, 2014
Thank you very much for this great help.. your ideas are awesome; they really helped me do my job. The variety of the ideas made a big range of freedom for the students to choose the project they find appropriate for their abilities ..
Mr. Morton/ December 7, 2014
I’m so happy to hear it. Thanks for visiting!
Heather_.2003/ September 29, 2014
this helped soooooo much thanks!!! 🙂
i never knew there were so many options to choose from and i think you have helped me to pick the right one 😉
again many thanks,
Mr. Morton/ October 11, 2014
Many your welcomes. You’re going to do great.
rishita chaudhary/ September 14, 2014
i loved the recipe part. its very innovative and helps students make their life easier. even advertisements is one of the fabulous way to present something out of the box. thanx a lot………..
Mr. Morton/ September 18, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m glad this helped.
Ronnie/ September 10, 2014
Any ideas for a Multiple Intelligences Project? By Howard Gardner. I’m in the gifted group so our challenge is to make our project stand out it some way. Any ideas??
Mr. Morton/ September 11, 2014
I love this theory. Maybe you could have each person in your group demonstrate a certain type of intelligences. You could dress up like car mechanics, nutritional specialists, and such. Best wishes!
olivia malakar/ August 18, 2014
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britt/ July 9, 2014
Thank you soooo much. In fact, I have a school project and I was stuck on an idea, but I love the album cover idea. Thanks again!
Mr. Morton/ July 9, 2014
You are most welcome. Best wishes on the project!
Chloe/ July 6, 2014
It helped me get top of my year in a history project! Thanks so much I’ve been looking for an amazing website like this for ages!!!
mariana/ June 17, 2014
would you please give me some ideas too……cause i did not get any
thanks a bunch
Mr. Morton/ June 19, 2014
What exactly were you looking for?
lamar bonéy/ June 16, 2014
Thank you very much! Hopefully one of these great topics can help me get into the science leadership academy high school!!
Mr. Morton/ June 19, 2014
I share your hopes.
zeynep Denizli/ June 2, 2014
Very useful thanks
Isaac Martin/ May 20, 2014
Thank you for the wonderful ideas! I teach workforce and GED classes in a local jail. I can really use these!
Mr. Morton/ May 29, 2014
Sounds like you are doing the Lord’s work. I’m happy to contribute to your mission in some small way. Best wishes!
jaiquarius/ May 14, 2014
DHARSHAN/ May 12, 2014
i would like some thing awesome
in technology filed
it must make people excited
Kevin Chisolm/ April 28, 2014
Thank you so much for this list! I have to make a “creative project” for my high school class, and this list saved my life! Thank you!
Tita/ March 27, 2014
Great! thank you for helping out.
Karen/ January 25, 2014
Thanks – I’ve bookmarked these as I think there are some great ideas here that can be used for all ages. My children are 7 and 9 and we live in the UK. One yo refer to for years to come! Thanks
Alexiss/ November 18, 2013
I like it, I can use it for my classes!
Am./ November 17, 2013
That was a great effort. Thank you very much.
Christelle/ October 12, 2013
This is very helpful, your ideas helped me get a good grade on my language Arts Project thank you!
Jools/ October 12, 2013
I am in the eighth grade, and in Social Studies we are in a unit where you have to do a project every week. I have visited this website every weekend and gotten new inspiration for a project! Thank you!
Kayla/ September 22, 2013
Yeah, these ideas are awesome. I’ll be sure to use a few of them throughout the school year.
mona/ June 11, 2013
great ideas!! thanks
Indira Delacorte/ May 26, 2013
nik/ April 17, 2013
you helped me a lot! thanks!
Patrick Mugerwa/ March 2, 2013
Your work is superb! I am using the exercises with my students as review exercises! I am very grateful.
Thank you so much!
mazen/ February 9, 2013
thank you a lot for this amazing site…..i am a teacher and find these ideas more than helpful; and i would like to use them accordingly
Hannah/ February 2, 2013
This was VERY helpful. Not quite sure which one to use because there is so many good ideas.
alikat88/ January 29, 2013
I just got an a in a project cause of ur help thanks soo much!!!!! 🙂
alikat88/ January 29, 2013
thanks so much again very clever on crosswords and bookmarks!!!
dalton/ January 20, 2015
i love the ideas
alikat88/ January 22, 2013
thank the crossword one, pretty creative thanks
Student/ January 3, 2013
Thank you so much for this amazing list! It isn’t very often I come across such a gem as this. I really appreciate the great ideas: they have helped so much!
Student (Gr 9)
ansarvs/ December 15, 2012
useful ideas. Thank you
Mrs.Kenna/ November 28, 2012
This isnt such a great list.
Mr. Morton/ December 2, 2012
What were you expecting?
Sally/ November 11, 2012
this was really helpful, thanks for putting out this website 🙂 I know this is really going to help!
velyneda/ September 20, 2012
apeksha khatiwoda/ July 28, 2012
ya good ideas
Laura/ April 4, 2012
Hello, thank you so so much for this website :)!!!!!
I love the ideas, but I would appreciate a TON if you could add any ideas for a project on an organization….thank you SO SO much for ANY suggestions!!!!
keth/ March 19, 2012
these are awesom.but they are not practical in our country.
Mr. Morton/ March 20, 2012
I’m sorry to hear that. I wish that I had a more worldly perspective on education…
Mrs. W/ July 10, 2012
While some might not be practical for classwork (we all know the restrictions on time), these are terrific for giving students CHOICES in their homework assignments. If you want to give them a book report, for example, choose 3-5 of the assignments from the beautiful list above, and let them choose one to complete for their book report! More choices in homework = more motivation to complete it, and more fun for students! Thank you Mr. Morton!
Mr. Morton/ July 10, 2012
Well said, Mrs. W.
Michael Wang/ January 25, 2015
Well said couldnt been said any better!!!
Teresa/ March 16, 2012
Thanks…thanks…thanks….I greatly appreciate your website…I can use any of the projects listed above and tie them into our state standards…and if you have any information or how to teach note-taking…I would apprecaiate this. The state exam has a listening selection and I am finding that I need to concentrate more on teaching my students how to take effective notes…Again…everything I have viewed on this site is a precious jewel…Thanks again Mr. M…Teresa from New York City….
Mr. Morton/ March 20, 2012
Thank you for visiting, Mr. M… Teresa from New York City.
shamin/ March 13, 2012
good ideas ! please suggest attractive and innovative themes gradewise
Alice Boyer/ January 31, 2012
Love, love, love this website!! Thank you for sharing! I teach 9th grade resource and I teach a reading class and a study skills class. I am utilizing some of your P.O.V activities right now in my reading class and definitely will be looking over the sentence structure info and ideas for the study skills class:) You are awesome!
Mr. Morton/ February 13, 2012
Awesome… I taught study skills for a year. I might have some resources around here somewhere…
Alyssa/ January 22, 2012
Anyone have an idea what to do for a project for the 26th amendment for the US Constitution? (:
rebecca/ October 20, 2011
thanx this helped me figure out ideas of what i can do in my one class and get a good grade
Mrs.Lillyana/ October 17, 2011
thanks for the ideas i have a class also in michigan we are doing a poster on the constitutional convention
elizabeth/ October 10, 2011
I visited and thought these were some great ideas that I could use with my class and the study of patriotism. Thanks a mil.
Mr. Morton/ October 10, 2011
Glad to hear it. Thanks for visiting!
Nancy/ July 20, 2011
I have questions concerning #47: Posters and their being used as a resource during State exams. I know that, in California, this is NOT ALLOWED. What state are you in? Has this been the norm/practice?
Mr. Morton/ July 20, 2011
In Illinois we are allowed to display posters, so long as they are part of the normal classroom environment, with two exceptions:
1. Posters showing step by step directions on creating extended responses.
2. Posters defining root words and affixes.
Thanks for visiting.