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.
Rita/ January 9, 2017
Good stuff, really useful.
Rita/ January 9, 2017
Thanks! Sent my students here for extra ideas for their civil rights project. Keep up the good work!
Jimmy peck/ December 12, 2016
I had 5 days to do a project and heard i couldn’t to a powerpoint. And this website helped a lot, thanks!! Loving this website ill share it to my friends
jessica/ December 7, 2016
this is really too useful and have more ideas from yours. keep sharing many techniques. eagerly waiting for your new blog and useful information. keep doing more.
Aryan Kumaria/ December 6, 2016
Thanks a lot! I helped two of my friends on a project. I did a Brochure, another friend did a Flag, and my last friend is doing a Calendar! Thanks for the help
I'm Stuck 4 ideas/ November 7, 2016
I’ve got an inquiry task in science about the Universe, but unlike our normal inquiry tasks this is based a lot on creativity. Can you give me a few ideas that could be helpful, I was thinking of making a game or something but I don’t know.
Mary/ November 7, 2016
I’ m an Italian Math teacher. I ‘d like to share my experience with CLIL methodology with other school that use CLIL too.
Mary J./ October 20, 2016
This is my go-to for project ideas, thank you for helping!!!
Anna cardona/ December 11, 2016
how does this help u it doesnt help me at freaking all
ella/ May 15, 2018
YAAAAASSSSS! SAME 🙁
Parker D/ September 29, 2016
this was so helpful… my fellow classmates are stumped on this project. THANK YOU!
Vanessa Alexandra/ September 1, 2016
Those are great and innovative ideas, thank you for sharing. 🙂
Mrs Nageena shaik/ August 6, 2016
wow, its amazing, very creative and helpful. as a parent i must say you have reduced my burden thanks a lot
John/ June 6, 2016
Thank you so much for this article! My friends in school and I are doing a project where we have to teach our class about a topic, and we get graded on how we taught it. The idea about creating a board game helped us so much. We are going to do a scavenger hunt sort of thing.
Myron Smith/ September 8, 2016
That’s a really good project
Esther/ June 3, 2016
These are very great ideas. Thanks for sharing them. You rock!
Cheeky Nandos/ June 3, 2016
@Mr.Mortin I’m doing the cotton gin
Mr. Morton/ June 13, 2016
Muhammad Aqeel/ May 15, 2016
I feel I found a treasure. It’s very useful. My hats off to the people behind this academic toil.
Bob/ May 11, 2016
do you have any ideas for a cotton project? We have to do a project on cotton and how it is made, etc. I want a idea that no one else is doing but its hard to think of something
Mr. Morton/ May 13, 2016
Is anyone doing the cotton gin? Some scholars have made arguments that slavery was dwindling in the U.S. prior to the invention of the cotton gin. Showing how the cotton gin contributed to slavery would be an interesting topic.
britney/ September 7, 2016
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the family of Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural conditions, the cotton bolls will tend to increase the dispersal of the seeds
Reshu Kumari/ May 7, 2016
Really very innovative and creative activities can be given to the student and mist important thing it will be not boring for them they will enjoy their project work as well learn many things.
Loretta/ May 4, 2016
Whoever wrote this is my new hero(ine). I really need this for one difficult adult ESL student that I am working with.
zoe/ May 3, 2016
Alison/ April 26, 2016
As always you have all the good stuff here at ereading! You are a gift to middle schools teachers everywhere!
I’m allowing my students to select their own creative ways to represent their learning on a self-selected topic related to World War 2 and am on a hunt for ideas to suggest to them–thanks for an awesome resource!
Mr. Morton/ May 5, 2016
That sounds awesome! I’m glad that I could help. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Keshawn Buffington/ March 31, 2016
This helped me a lot when thinking about my topic
Maria/ March 29, 2016
Thanks for great ideas. I am doing Experimental research on same method of teaching. I will teach history at elementary level. Please guide me that which one is good idea for history learning?
KID/ March 11, 2016
Thanks i liked the blueprint idea
AWESOME/ March 10, 2016
Is there’s any way to present something about space??? For example UY Scuti or Vy Canis Majoris. (Did I spelled it right?)
Kat-Chan/ March 6, 2016
I like the ideas
Nick/ March 5, 2016
Thank you for reinvigorating my creative ideas. Trying to think of new ways to present student information and your project ideas were excellent.
Braley/ February 29, 2016
So I am looking for a good project idea and none of those ideas are helping me.. I am doing a big project on the Constitution and it is worth 252 points.. I wanna do something that no one else is doing but none of those are really good for a project like mine…
Mr. Morton/ March 15, 2016
Well, if you do happen to find a project idea that is worthy of a project like yours, please come back and share it with us.
priyanka/ February 8, 2016
It’s really a wonderful topic…which gave me an idea to… Move further in… Thank you.
Sarah vonvamp/ December 21, 2015
I love the websit I think that it is a great thing that children can do
charles mwiriza/ December 15, 2015
please send me a chart for school children read and learn english with pictures
Mr. Morton/ January 19, 2016
Hmm… I’m not sure that I know what you mean.
negar/ October 24, 2015
It was good
Samruddhi/ September 30, 2015
Thank you very much..
a topper student forever/ September 19, 2015
THANKS A LOT !! IT HELPED ME PROFUSELY ! REALLY INNOVATIVE IDEAS ! WAY TO GO !!!
Teach/ August 12, 2015
This is a brilliant list and love that it also has explanations. My kids will get excited about assessment with some of these ideas!
Thank you for sharing.
aradhna patel/ July 3, 2015
It’s really helpful for the students and the teachers…very logical, informative, educative, innovative, simple and interesting topics.
T. PRAVEEN/ June 21, 2015
Really useful ideas with simple concepts which are even best suited for primary level students too.
Claire/ June 10, 2015
Really helpful ideas. I do circle time with year 8 so I’ll use the idea of the flags but I’ll tweak it a little. I’m going to get them to create a flag representing their class and they’ll have to explain the colours and images. I think it will be a challenge for them and bring them together.. Thanks!
shreya/ May 20, 2015
REALLY IT WAS HELPFUL…..
gia/ May 17, 2015
this did not help on presenting projects but gave me some cool ideas for other things
Serenity miller/ May 14, 2015
Awesome and thank you.
Austin Zhao/ April 24, 2015
Nice! 😉 It was really creative and helpful.
Dyami Solis/ April 19, 2015
Lily/ April 6, 2015
I found this extremely helpful. Appreciate the hard work someone put into this
Sabah irfan/ March 19, 2015
I like worksheets and websites for any work or entertainment.
ruth/ February 21, 2015
I live in a small town in Peru south america. I am going to open an english academy for kids 3-12 years old. This website is great to get more ideas in teching english.
thanks a lot!
Mr. Morton/ March 2, 2015
That’s awesome. I love hearing about stuff like this.
Cait/ February 17, 2015
Do you have any ideas for actions? I have a project that is very important and it is supposed to make a difference in the world.
Mr. Morton/ March 2, 2015
Sure: start a compositing program at your school. Composting restores topsoil and minimizes waste. Just make sure that nobody puts any plastic in the compost pile. Education is the key.
Michael Wang/ January 22, 2015
This really helped me a lot!!!
Michael Wang/ January 22, 2015
This really helped me a lot because not only this website has a lot of genres listed but it also gave me great ideas to what im doing for my english language arts project.
Emaaz Khan/ January 14, 2015
This is really good worked for me
Student/ January 8, 2015
Just wondering if you have any ideas on how to present a career as a paramedic to the class within 3-5 min??
I want it to be interesting and not the typical presentation ways.