Midday Fix: Pi Day

Jana Frank, Owner/ Director, Mathnasium Oak Park/ River Forest

March 14 - Pi Day

Mathnasium of Chicagoland




Prove Pi

Wrap a piece of yarn or string around a cylindrical object and then cut. Now find out how many times the circumference string will go across the diameter: Place the string across the diameter of the object and then cut the string. Repeat until you’ve gone through the string.  Then amaze your child by repeating this process on a much wider or thinner cylinder to get the same answer: pi. (Via the Homeschool Scientist)

Pi Day Craft/Activity

Kids living in Chicago love their skyscrapers, and creating a cityscape skyline drawing using the digits of Pi is a great way to visually represent the long number. Each building in the cityscape represents a number in pi. Using a color code key and graph paper, kids color in each square on the graph paper according to the number in the decimal. Pick a color per number and then fill in columns of the squares for as many digits as the kids wish. It could take awhile, but the output is a city almost as gorgeous as ours. (via What Do We Do All Day)

Pi Day Card Game:


Pi Day Stamp: https://www.etsy.com/listing/487004230/pi-stamp-math-gift-math-geek-stamp-math?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pi%20day&ref=sr_gallery-1-40


Pi day Cookies: https://www.etsy.com/listing/218067439/12-assorted-pi-day-sugar-cookies?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pi%20day&ref=sr_gallery-1-4

Cookies are always a fun way to teach kids! You could decorate your own cookies, or make pi-shaped ones at home like this…

Or make these Pi day Cookies at home: https://desertchica.com/pie-crust-pi-day-cookies/

Eat Pizza Pi(e)

You can eat a circular pizza pie! A pizza pie is a good way to practice circumference and diameter. We are lucky enough to partner with Giordano’s pizza on a fun promo for 20% off a Giordano’s pizza. Stop by a Mathnasium center to find out more or text PIDAY to 299-89!