Pi Day is March 14 as a play on the date 3.14. Pi (π) is the ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter and is 3.14159… Thanks to homophones, words that sound alike but are spelled differently, most non-mathematician types celebrate Pi Day as Pi(e) Day.
Here are some ideas to embrace this holiday and enjoy the day from start to finish.
Color a pie
Use these coloring sheets and color a pie. Your child can create a custom creation with crayons, markers and paints. You can talk about what this amazing pie might look, taste, smell, feel and possibly sound like.
Make a pie
You and your child can make a pie out whether it is real or made out of Play Doh. Julia Child offers these pie crust tips for homemade crusts or use a frozen pie crust.
Cooking with you child teaches sequencing, measurements and timing. Children often learn by doing so getting a little dirty can help them better understand concepts like hot/cold, big/little, and more/less.
Whatever ingredients or crust you use, you can
Eat a pie
Have pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Quiche can be called “egg pie” and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Without sounding like Bubba from Forrest Gump, egg pie (quiche), pizza pie, chicken pot pie, apple pie, pudding pie, and cherry pie are some of the options to choose from.
Read about pie
It’s always good to know the subject, so check out these books about pie.
Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie by Ed Emberley is an arts and crafts book that shows a variety of pictures that can made using circles.
Children 8-12 may enjoy reading Pie by Sarah Weeks, which is filled with recipes and mystery.
Read Alligator Pie along side author Dennis Lee.
This day only comes once a year, so celebrate with some sort of pie and brief explanation of the origin of the holiday. This may become a holiday your family looks forward to each year!
Jann Fujimoto, MS CCC-SLP shares her love of words as a speech-language pathologist and owner of SpeechWorks LLC. Her favorite pies are pumpkin and Dutch apple. SpeechWorks helps children become confident and competent communicators by providing speech therapy in Oconomowoc and Waukesha offices, as well as Lake Country homes, schools, pre-schools and afterschool programs.