Pi the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Whoa! This is got to be something for big kids to explore you maybe thinking! Well, I think young learners can learn about Pi Day and what Pi is too. They don’t need to explore the numbers related to Pi if you don’t think they are ready. They can craft with the Pi symbol and circles.
No, I am not advocating just throwing the symbol and some circles on a craft. I would talk about how Pi Day is March 14 because the first few numbers in Pi are 3.14. March is the third month and the 14th is the 14th day. I would tell them that circumference is the distance around something. I would finish by telling them that Pi deals with circles.
Then I would have them create the Pi Day sun catcher. Each of its sections shares something about Pi. There are lots of circles, some of the numbers in Pi, and the Pi sign. Let me walk you through how we made it.
Pi Day Day Craft
- Paper plate
- Magic marker
- Glue Stick
- Several sheets of different colored tissue paper
- Black construction paper
Cut the center space out of a paper plate. We cut our as close to the border of the plate as we could.
Along the inside edge of the plate write as many numbers in Pi as you can. If your children are still writing large numbers, they may not fit as many numbers around the edge of the plate as we did. That is just fine.
Here are some of the numbers in Pi: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481 1174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334
Cut out a piece of tissue paper that is large enough to fill the space in the plate that you have cut out.
Glue this piece of tissue paper to the back of your plate.
Cut out small circles from various colors of tissue paper.
Glue the circles on the the tissue in the center of the plate. We randomly glued ours on.
Cut out a Pi sign out of black paper. You can have them cut out for your kids if you like.
Glue the Pi sign onto the center of your plate.
We hung our sun catchers for Pi Day in the brightest window of our house. It is such fun to watch the circles in the circle light up!
I hope you will check out our Pi Day Pie Day recipe here on JDaniel4’s Mom and more of our math activities! You will also find a number of amazing math activities on my Early Learning Math board on Pinterest.