Here you will find some generally introduction math and general life projects that allow you to be creative with math. You will see the real life application of maths and similar life useful topics. There are also links to lots of designed math projects from others also on this page. See also the section on basic math and English assistance for good math (and English) websites on this site.There is also an education art section on our websites.
Use a tablet or your phone and go round inside and outside looking for examples of a math theme for example shapes, angles or patterns in the real world. Then make a collage poster identifying and explaining the theme.
Use your phone or a tablet to take real life examples of maths as you walk around for example is there maths in the kitchen? Canteen? Shops? Do a poster and explain your findings. You may also like to do a list of all the things that would not exist if maths did not exist.
Use a tablet, take photos of items then shade different fractions making an explanatory poster like using PicCollage.
You a million to buy a house and the items you would need to live in this house. Use Rightmove and a shopping site.
Research neighbourhood population of different villages and town close to you and the different amenities, services, considered shops, education, social facilities, healthcare, leisure facilities and pick were you think would be best to live for you. Plot different populations of a section of possible locations and do a PowerPoint presentation.
Imagine you inherit £400,000 find a home. When you look compare the old sales prices with the current sales price to work out any profits or loss.
Go on a cruise company website like P and O pick a cruise and use Google Earth to track the distances between ports (see English creative activities for more details).
Stock market game: You are given £100 to invest invest in the stock market over 3 months watch and graph how you get on.
Do a poster about world math facts.
Imagine you are moving into your first flat work out the items you would need to buy to move in and go shopping online. Work out the costs and do a poster.
Research how different careers, industries or job roles use maths and do a presentation.
Cost of basic foods over the last 3O years such as milk, eggs.
Investigate average wages over the last 30 years. Plot every 5 years.
Identify your favourite sports person/celebrity and collect maths statistics on them explaining why you think they are the best. Then do a presentation on them.
You inherit £5,000 and want to get a second hand car suitable for a learner or new driver. Look on car comparison sites. Identify the things you would like to consider like make, model, engine, mileage, insurance cost. Do a table. Pick your favourite options and your first choice making a poster. Would would be the costs for you to consider having a car?
You are going on your dream honeymoon. Research your options for a £3000 honeymoon. Cover all costs like accommodation, attractions, food, flights. Research the location and the weather. What would you need to pack?
Go Christmas shopping for your whole family. Do a poster select the item and the reason for that item. You have a budget of £250 for everything.
Go food shopping for a celebration meal buy everything you need as best value as you can. You can use a price comparison site. Do a poster with photo and prices off all items and the final cost. You have 8 people coming to the celebration meal.
Work out your weekly and monthly budget and your main bills.
Create a maths board game or card game and try it out with people.
You work for a local pet shop or are looking to get a pet yourself. Select a pet of your choice, research the pets needs and the costs of items needed like a tank, cage or bed. Do a poster or PowerPoint informing people.
Demonstrate symmetry using Lego and take photos of your work. Make a poster to show understanding of symmetry.
Do some tessellation art where you repeat a shape over and over without any gaps or overlapping and colour in.
Research famous British inventors.
Plan for a visit to a visitor attraction of your choice working out the costs involved. Also plan how you would get their and plan the times of your visit.
Use compasses to do some compass art and demonstrate topics like circles diameter, radius etc. Also look at geometric shapes and paint using tangram make some interesting pictures/animals.
Research the history of English football league.
Research batsman who have scored a century.
Research the history and rules for a sport of your choice.
Plan a weeks healthy but tasty meals in a college canteen. Do a menu.
Use change for life app to monitor your food intake and how healthy it is, write down the information and provide healthy alternatives. Make a creative poster to demonstrate the amount of sugar in different drinks and use the drink bottles in the large posters.
Look for real life examples of symmetry in company logos. Design some new logos for these companies that show different symmetry. Research a company who’s logo you have explored.
Research the tallest buildings in the world. Do a poster and explain the difference in size.
Research botanical gardens of the world and do a poster. Use Picture this and take photos of flowers, identify them and make a poster.
Explore the number of countries still in the Commonwealth. Research the common wealth.
Create a mini textbook, poster or animation or apps. to explain a maths concept of your choice to young children.
You work for a publishers. Write and solve some math word problems for a ‘fun’ children’s maths book.
Research capitals of the world and do a fact sheet, PowerPoint or poster.
Use lolly sticks or straws and make a poster explaining different types of angles. Look for real life examples of angles and take photos then do a collage to explain.
You work for a bank of your choice. Make posters about different financial topics like understanding debit cards, credit cards, banks, types of accounts.
Write some reviews for the different math websites. Which do you prefer and why? Try them out.
Use DoodleBuddy to create some math problems using pictures such as stickers from the app for mystery numbers and get others to solve them.
Design your own town, or city. Think what area different items needed, the size, what facilities and services are vital. Use graph paper.
Make some math stories or comic strips to explain basic concepts.
Go clothes shopping for a very important celebration. Do a poster explaining the celebration and the outfit with pictures and prices. You need the complete outfit. You have £150 budget.
Go shopping for a suitable interview outfit. Do a poster with reasons for the different items and the final cost. Your budget is up to £100.
Document the seasons. Pick a tree or area of a garden and take regular photos of that exact spot or regular film and make a film of all seasons by the end of the year. Then write a description of the seasons.
Mathagonis a creative math site with lots of valuable resources including very useful array of virtual Manipulative’s with a polypad, faction tiles and much more, also a section or origami and lots of shapes and downloadable nets, an insight look at the timeline of mathematics and those that were very important in maths. A useful look at the everyday use of maths such as in different real life industries and careers such as from computer games to medical uses to the weather and much more. There is a Tangram builder , lots of great math games and more. https://mathigon.org/origami/octahedron
Others Maths projects with all the materials
Tes math projects lots of optionshttp://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/tes-top-10-resource-collection-maths-projects/
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/zoo-project-10-full-lessons-on-perimeter-area-and-volume-l4-6-11034702Another zoo project this time from TES. The following topics are covered in this project, themed around zoo design:Area and Perimeter of squares, rectangles,Areas of parallelograms and triangles
Theme park creator projecthttp://musingsfromthemiddleschool.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-do-you-end-your-school-year.html
Bowland maths classroom projectshttps://www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/projects/
Flat Standly calculate how far he has travelledhttp://www.flatstanleyproject.com
Plan a vacation http://loveteachingkids.com/math/plan-a-vacation/
Create a fractions kitwith Mash up maths https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWnMtLBJZM
Extreme Playground maker mathshttps://jenniferfindley.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Extreme-Playground.pdf
Stem garden design projecthttps://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/75820/garden-design
Stem financial maths activities like budgetinghttps://www.stem.org.uk/resources/collection/4288/financial-maths
NASSA Space math projectshttps://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/exploringmath/home/index.html
Barclay’s Life Skills