12+ Math Art Projects for Kids to Try

Math art projects are a great way to combine right and left brain learning. Both my boys enjoy math, but they often balk when I suggest, “let’s do an art project!” It’s sort of depressing for me, since I’d much rather get out the paints than perform calculations. My solution has been to make math learning creative with math art projects and activities.

Math art projects and ideas for kids. Over a dozen ideas to inspire creativity.

I need to get better about taking photos of our math art sessions. Perhaps now that I have a new camera I can get some decent pictures. But I digress. Anyway…  I thought it would be fun to round up some math art ideas that we’ve tried, plus a few I’ve found on the internet that are in my virtual “to try” pile.

The best thing about all of these math art projects is that they will get math kids thinking about art and art kids thinking about math!

Math Art Projects and Ideas

Tessellations. We’ve done this several times, and somehow it never gets boring.

Explore Symmetry.

Turn number sequences into art.

Use math tools to create art. This is one of my favorite ideas!

Explore math art with shapes.

What do your kids prefer, math or art? Do you ever do math art projects with the kids? Need more ideas? Visit –> 25 Playful and Creative Math Ideas.

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Comments

  1. says

    I stumbled across your site when my wife sent me a link to one of your book lists. Your Math Art tag immediately caught my eye.

    You might be interested in our website, informalmathematics.org. Have a look, and keep an eye out as we slowly build up our content. In particular, check out the post on anamorphosis. Your sons will dig the projective geometry and you’ll be happy to see them immersed in creating art.

    Cheers,

    Bohdan

  2. Kathy says

    I love your math ideas. I teach geometry and I am always trying to find unique things to show my students to capture their interest. Hopefully they will learn to love math!

  3. nicole says

    I’m very excited to have found your website. I think doing some math art will encourage my art-resistant 7 year old boy while illustrating various math concepts. What ‘math art’ books are your go-to titles?

    • Erica MomandKiddo says

      Hi Nicole. I love the book “Growing Patterns” by Sarah Campbell, for inspiration in nature, and for projects I am currently loving Hands On Math Projects by Andrew King, and MathART Projects by Carolyn Ford Brunetto is another good one.

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