March 14 may be an ordinary day for some people, but those who LOVE math know exactly what that day is! It’s Pi Day! No, I’m not talking about actual pie, like the delicious sweet dessert. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Pi appears in many formulas in all areas of math and physics. It is approximately equal to 3.14159. The symbol π is the lowercase Greek letter π, sometimes spelled out as pi, and derived from the first letter of the Greek word “perimetros”, meaning circumference. In English, π is pronounced as "pie" (/paɪ/ PY).
Sadly, 2020s Pi day will fall on a Saturday, and we will not be able to do fun activities at school, but there are many activities you and your family can try at home. As I was researching some fun activities, I ended up finding an article with 31 activities that one can do. In my blog, I will list one of them. However, you can find more in the links provided below. Maybe one of these activities can become a fun family Pi Day tradition!
(Fun fact! Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879.)
ACTIVITY: String a pi bracelet. There are two ways to make a bead bracelet on a pipe cleaner for Pi Day. Using the one shown here as a guide, have kids string 3 beads of one color, followed by 1 of another color, then 4, and so on. Or, assign each number a color and string one bead for each digit.
I hope you and your family and friends enjoy these fun Pi day activities. If you would like to see more activities, you may check out the website https://www.weareteachers.com/pi-day-activities/.
Enjoy! I hope Pi day is a sweet as the name for you this year!
WeAreTeachers Staff, “31.4 Mathtastic Pi Day Activities for the Classroom, February 27, 2020, accessed March 11, 2020, https://www.weareteachers.com/pi-day-activities/