Looking for some fun middle school activities to incorporate in your math lessons? Trying to come up with fun ideas that fit your curriculum? Here are 20 great activities and project ideas! There are three main themes to the activities listed below: real life, food (perfect for those hungry pre-teens!), and creativity. The instructions for all activities can be easily modified for students in Grade 6, Grade 7, and Grade 8. If your child is home-schooled, or you are just looking for additional home learning tasks, then these activities are perfect for you! All of the materials can easily be found in your home.

So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and read on…

1. M&M Maths

M&M Math
  • Materials needed: M&Ms
  • Topic: fractions, decimals, percentage, and graphing            

Use M&Ms to teach math! Provide students with a pile of M&Ms to count and convert into fractions, decimals, and percentages. You can also extend this activity by getting the students to graph their findings.  

M&M Maths

2. What is the best buy?

  • Materials needed: printed worksheets  
  • Topic: unit rates

In this project, your students will become experts at identifying the best deal. Working through a range of scenarios, students will get plenty of practice at calculating unit rates.

What is the Best Buy?

3. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander 

  • Materials needed: Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter book, paper plates or oranges
  • Topic: circumference

Teach your students about the circumference of circles by reading this math book and using oranges or paper plates to turn circles into rectangles!

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

4. Candy Bar Volume

  • Materials needed: a range of different sized candy bars
  • Topic: volume

Do your students love candy? Entice them with this sweet activity. Students will practice calculating and comparing the volume of real candy bars. Challenge them to use this activity to work out which candy bar they should choose the next time they are told “You can choose one candy bar only!”

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Candy Bar Volume

5. Measuring the Volume of a Solid

  • Materials needed: any solid objects
  • Topic: volume

In this activity, students will be calculating the volume of different solids. The blog article suggests using rocks, but you can use any random objects you can find – a box, your iPad, or even the TV remote!

Measuring the Volume of a Solid

6. Popcorn Math

  • Materials needed: paper, popcorn kernels
  • Topic: capacity, measurement, collecting data, and making comparisons

Teach students the basics of measuring and the skill of estimation by making popcorn together – and enjoy eating it together afterward!  

Popcorn Math

7. Measuring Volume of Boxes and Spheres

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  • Materials needed: boxes or sphere-shaped objects
  • Topic: volume

Students can go on a treasure hunt around the classroom or your home, looking for objects that are box or sphere-shaped. Once the students have collected a range of objects, let them calculate and compare the volumes.

Measuring Volume of Boxes and Spheres

8. Oreo Stacking

  • Materials needed: paper, Oreos
  • Topic: data collection

Calling all Oreo fans! Challenge students to stack Oreos as high as they can in this activity to learn about data collection and averages. Just make sure students stack more than they eat!  

Oreo Stacking

9. How much does a pumpkin cost?

This book is so cute and I love this game to go with it! So fun for Fall!
  • Materials: a range of different-sized pumpkins
  • Topic: algebra, weight, cost

This activity consists of a series of three lessons. Students will be given an imaginary amount of money that they must use to buy the largest pumpkin possible. A great opportunity for students to apply their calculation skills to a real-life scenario.

How much does a pumpkin cost?

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10. Percentage Scavenger Hunt

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  • Materials: scavenger hunt clues, paper, pencils, clipboards (if available)
  • Topic: percentages

Print off the clues and place them around your school or home and send your students off on a percentage scavenger hunt. Students will be so actively engaged, they will forget it’s a math lesson!

Percentage Scavenger Hunt

11. Ratio and Baking

  • Material: recipe worksheet, ingredients (optional)
  • Topic: ratio

Give students the chance to apply their understanding of ratio to a real-life situation – scaling up a baking recipe. If you really want to go the extra mile, why not try out the recipe for real and make some delicious cookies!

Ratio and Baking

12. Paper Airplane Graphs

Create, fly, collect data, make graphs & use technology for serious learning in this fun STEM lesson.
  • Materials needed: paper
  • Topic: measurement, record keeping, graphing, averages

Children can learn how to graph distance each time they fly their paper airplanes. This activity requires little preparation, but it is a great way to engage your students.

Paper Airplane Graphs

13. A Trip to the Moon

  • Materials: printed worksheets
  • Topic: graphs, equivalent ratios

Let students prepare for a trip to the moon by using ratios to calculate their ‘space’ weight. A great activity to practice math skills while learning about fascinating science concepts.

A Trip to the Moon

14. Rotational Symmetry

  • Materials needed: access to a computer or device
  • Topic: rotational symmetry

Students can use this interactive game to explore how objects behave when they are rotated around a centralized point.

Rotational Symmetry

15. Frank Stella Protractor Artwork

  • Materials: pencil, protractor, ruler, Frank Stella’s Protractor Series
  • Topic: using a protractor

Students can analyze Frank Stella’s artwork made with a protractor and attempt to design and draw their very own version. A great opportunity for students to enhance their maths and art skills. 

Frank Stella Protractor Artwork

16. The King’s Chessboard: The Power of Doubling

  • Materials needed: The King’s Chessboard book
  • Topic: doubling
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Students can learn the power of doubling through this story. After reading, encourage your students to think about how they could use the power of doubling to get more pocket money!

The King’s Chessboard: The Power of Doubling

17. Scale a Comic

  • Materials: printed worksheets
  • Topic: scaling

Let your students apply their creativity in this activity. Students will design and produce their very own comic before learning learn how to scale it up or down to fit a frame.

Scale a Comic

18. Tessellation Project

  • Materials: paper, pen, scissors
  • Topic: rotation, reflection, translation

Learn different techniques to create amazing tessellation artwork using rotation, reflection, and translation.

Tessellation Project

19. Pythagoras Using Lego

This is a great, hands-on way to explore triangles, area and prove the pythagorean theorem! Using Legos is a great way to make geometry more fun and provides a unique visual for students.
  • Materials: Lego
  • Topic: Pythagoras theorem

Fed up of always drawing triangles to learn about Pythagoras? Then, check out this activity – students will use Lego pieces to prove Pythagoras theorem! Now, that sounds more fun!

Pythagoras Using Lego

20. Geometric Snowman

Materials: snowman template, scissors

If Christmas is approaching, then be sure to check out this activity. By folding a snowman, students will learn about geometry and have a new decoration for the Christmas tree!

Geometric Snowman

The maths activities above have all been chosen to help to improve your students’ engagement and progress in math. Not only will these activities instill more fun in your lessons, but they require limited preparation time to make your life easier too! The hands-on element of the activities will help your students to learn math without even realizing it – and you’ll probably be forever remembered as their best maths teacher!