Happy Pi Day!
Pi (π) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159, or 3.14, which matches today’s date.
You could eat a slice of your favorite pie to mark the day, but we think you should also try this (also below — click to enlarge) simple but engaging activity idea to celebrate this mathematical day with young children.
Like this idea? It’s from one of our newest books, Teaching STEM in the Early Years, which has more than 85 activities that support and extend children’s learning in the four STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Use this book to discover the many possibilities for teaching STEM to young children, including ideas for
- learning centers
- cooking, art, music, block, and sensory table activities
- outdoor time
- a project-centered curriculum
- quick activities that require minimal preparation
- field trips
You can learn more about author Sally Moomaw, EdD, in our Author Spotlight. (Bonus: she shares her two favorite activities from the book!)