Happy Pi Day! Celebrated on March 14th, Pi Day is the celebration of the mathematical constant, 3.14159. The constant is defined as “the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter” and it appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics.
Now that the technical stuff is explained, let’s talk about why and how to celebrate Pi Day!
A homophone is a word or words that are pronounced the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, such as a pair of shoes and a pear you eat. Or in this case, Pi the mathematical constant and a slice of pie that you eat! Celebrate Pi with your favorite pie. Not a pie fan? Don’t worry! Make shaving cream pies to play games with instead.
Pi is typically shortened to 3.14 for the sake of consistency, but really it goes on forever and doesn’t end! You could continue to recite the numbers after the decimal forever. Create a contest to see how many numbers your kids can remember and recite of Pi.
Grab some craft supplies and start creating! Using strips of paper, create a chain using the numbers in Pi. For example:
3 – three strips of green paper
. – one strip black paper
1 – one strip yellow paper
4 – four strips red paper
And so on and so on until you can’t remember any more! This same concept can be used with small beads and pipe cleaners too.
Despite how silly it may seem to celebrate a mathematical constant, a little fun can go a long way in learning! So grab those crafts and a slice of pie and enjoy some silly fun with Pi. Need some other ideas for fun holidays to celebrate? Click over to our blog page for some more fun ideas.
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