Pi Day Play Day
Make math fun with these simple craft ideas
Just like the number itself, there are endless ways to celebrate Pi Day, the March 14th day of celebration of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (3.14159265359,). Of course, there's eating blueberry pies, or pizza pies, or chicken pot pies... But why not take this whimsically mathematical day to make math fun? Help teach your kids some core math skills using simple crafting ideas, and give them a little leg up with skills they'll use for the rest of their lives.
This handy craft project will give kids a hands-on, tactile way to learn about subtraction. The principle is similar to that of an abacus except made at home in a fun project using beads and pipe cleaners.
Start with 10 pipe cleaners. On each pipe cleaner place an increasing number of beads — the first pipe cleaner has one, the second one has two, third has three, et cetera.
To make things easier for the little ones, put "number flags" at the top of each pipe cleaner so they're easier to identify.
Visual and tactile learning make math more fun and easy to learn, with the added pride of using something that they made themselves.
What can't you create with a popsicle stick and a Sharpie? This addition dominos game takes some prep work for caregivers, but the game that it creates is all child's play!
First, gather 10 big popsicle sticks and write a series of addition problems on one end. In honor of Pi day, let’s choose 3 as an example: simply write 3+1, 3+2, 3+3, all the way to 3+10 on one end.
On the other end write the answers, so that when you’re finished you'll have equations on one end of the sticks, and 4 through to 13 on the other.
Then, place each equation against its corresponding sum to play a game of dominos while learning math fundamentals!
Pi is a pretty abstract concept – a never-ending number that expresses the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. But little ones can still have fun with the number by creating a pi-chain. Using color-coded strips of construction paper, assemble a paper loop chain that expresses the digits of pi. For example, if blue paper represents 3, red represents 1, and green represents 4, then your pi chain would start with blue, red, and green loops and keep going on to infinity. The record for longest pi-chain is 75,000 digits by Masuk H.S. in Monroe, CT!
Now, what about that pie...