Party Like It’s Pi Day!
The brainiest day of the year will soon be upon us—Pi Day! Celebrated by math enthusiasts everywhere, this trendy holiday is held each year on March 14th to mark the 3.14 at the beginning of pi. It’s a great excuse to bring math to life for middle schoolers and up…while eating some delicious pie in the process. How can you go wrong? Read on for a few of our favorite ways to “Party Like It’s Pi Day.”
But First…What is Pi (π) Again?
Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159, but extends to an infinite number of digits beyond the decimal point. Got it? Now on to the fun!
Take the String Challenge
This hands-on activity will allow kids to compare the circumference of a circle to its diameter—and see for themselves how it results in pi. Here’s how:
- Grab a dinner plate, a pair of scissors and some string.
- Wrap the string around the circumference of the plate and cut it to length.
- Take your “string circumference” and stretch it across the diameter of your plate.
- Cut as many diameters as you can from the original “string circumference.”
- You’ll notice that you’ll be able to cut three diameters, with a little piece of string left over. This represents pi—or approximately 14159.
- Try the exercise with other round objects to see how it results in pi every time.
Eat Some Pie
This is an obvious one. What would Pi Day be without indulging in the good stuff? Here are some of our favorite approaches:
- Create a pi symbol crust: After rolling out your top pie crust, use a small, sharp knife to cut a pi symbol in the center of it. Place gently atop your pie of choice (apple, blueberry, etc.) and bake as directed.
- Make it a math lesson: Practice fractions with kids while measuring ingredients and serving up slices. Challenge them to double measurements or slice the pie in odd numbers to demonstrate irrational fractions.
- Pie it forward: Want to thank someone for being helpful or otherwise awesome? Surprise them with a pie and a notecard that’s says: “Thanks for all you do. I thought I’d ‘Pie It Forward’ with this dessert! Happy Pi Day.”
- Prepare a pizza: Savory pies count, too! Make your own homemade pizza and top it with a pi symbol constructed out of pepperoni, bell peppers or mushrooms.
Bake a Pi Cake
If you happen to be more of a cake person, we’ve got you covered! Buy your favorite flavor of organic cake mix or whip up a cake from scratch if you have the time. Fill a round cake pan, then bake, cool and frost with your icing of choice. Use Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks to create a colorful pi symbol on top of the cake. Slice and enjoy!
Create a Pi Paper Chain
- Gather ten different colors of construction paper, each representing a different number between zero and nine. For example: 0-red, 1-black, 2-green, 3-yellow, 4-orange, 5-purple, 6-pink, 7-white, 8-blue, 9-brown.
- Use a ruler and a pencil to draw vertical lines down each page from top to bottom, creating strips that are about ½ inch wide and 11 inches long. Cut the strips and place them in piles sorted by color.
- Loop one of the colored strips into a circle and staple the two ends together to form a ring. Thread the next color strip through the first ring and staple. Continue threading and stapling, alternating colors as you go until you’ve formed a long, colorful paper chain representing an infinite combination of numbers. Use it to decorate!
Happy Pi Day from all of us at Go Organically. Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas!