Celebrate Mathematics With These Three “Pi-Tastic” Activities!
Considering the fact that we pride ourselves in Mathematics at Kumon, we couldn’t skip over March 14th without celebrating Pi Day. We’d be doing you an injustice.
In fact, our love for math is just like pi—irrational, constant and infinite in nature.
Every year on March 14th, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi Day.
Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize.
Pi Day provides the perfect excuse for incorporating math into all aspects of the day and what better way to celebrate than with these “Pi-Themed” Activities!
Enjoy Pi-Themed Foods. For your younger children, take them into the kitchen to explore circumference, diameter and fractions by making pizza pie or a dessert pie of any kind. And let’s be honest, this activity is fun for all ages. Your older kids may like making a pie in the shape of Pi or adding the symbol to any circular treat.
Play Pi-Themed Games. Pi games are not only fun, but will also improve your child’s understanding of Pi. Conduct a Pi Day scavenger hunt by hiding Pi-themed objects around the house. The objects can even represent the numbers of Pi. For the older kids, have a memorization contest with a prize for the winner. And even the youngest mathematician can participate in the games with the making of a Pi paper chain. Different colored paper strips are paired with numbers (e.g., red with two, blue with four). The strips are then linked in the order of Pi. The chain can be as long or short as you want it.
Calculate Pi. Have your child cut out circles of different sizes. They can even trace popular circular household items. Have them measure the diameter and circumference of each circle and see if they can calculate Pi.
Celebrate Pi Day today and everyday by checking out the Kumon Math Program.