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Pi Day, Pie Day!

Math can be a struggle for many. Pi Day is a great day to take a break from the norm, have some math fun, and eat pie!

We have been celebrating Pi for three years now with a small group of friends. We normally play games, make art, and of course eat pie! It’s always a treat to do something different from our regular math routine. I have scoured Pinterest and Google for fun things with a mixed group (we have elementary-teens), and I have found a few things we have tried and that have been enjoyed by all ages.

Pi Art

  • Aside from the pie itself, art is my favorite thing to do on Pi Day! We have made Pi Skylines twice, and both times had great results! It’s a ton of fun with very little prep or mess. Check out the video and give it a try! There is also a Lego variation of this fun activity.
  • Circle Art! So simple, but so fun. Creativity can really shine with this one. It is simply a printable sheet of circles that you turn into into something unique.
  • My daughter has recently started an online Marine Biology class, so I’m thinking for Pi Day, we will try a project using the pointillism technique. An octopus seems like a fun subject to do lots of dots on!

Pi Games

  • Super Simple Pi Day Card Game is fun for a wide range of ages. Be sure to use a couple of decks of cards!
  • Piku Poetry – rather than the traditional 5-7-5 syllable haiku, try 3-1-4 poems!
  • Pi Story – we have not tried this yet, but the idea is to use the number
    π as a unique mathematical writing prompt. Compose a story using words that have the same number of letters as each digit in π. This could be an interesting challenge!
  • Word List – a fun activity we have done before is to set a timer to 3 minutes and 14 seconds and make a list of how many words we can think of that begin with pi. There are actually quite a few of them!
  • Challenge yourself to memorize 100 digits of Pi with this fun song. Your friends and family will be impressed!

The Best Part – Pies!

Over the years, we’ve had all kinds of round snacks: pizza, cookies, apple, lemon, and chocolate pies, and even moon pies! This year I decided to make No Bake Mini Grasshopper Pies. I didn’t have the cute jars, but cupcake liners work too. Maybe I’ll try the jars for St. Patrick’s Day, because they are so pretty!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…….this was our pie buffet this year!

Do you have any favorite activities for Pi Day? I’d love to hear about them!

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