We’ve started Pi Day celebrations early … by preparing two wearable crafts for Pi Day! Courtesy of my 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, they became Pi Day princess crafts … a pi bracelet and a pi crown. They were also a fun part of our kings and queens unit.
Zoey’s 15-month-old sister, Sophia, was able to join in the Pi Day princess crown making! I’ll tell you where we got the free printables for the crafts and what we did. Note: Boys are welcome to join in and make Pi Day prince crafts!
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Recommended Books for Pi Day Activities
We already had Sir Cumference and the First Round Table for our kings and queens unit. That’s a fun book that focuses on circles and parts of a circle. For our Pi Day activities, we got Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi. They’re both fun stories even if the child doesn’t understand parts of a circle. In my post with free pi songs and educational videos for Pi Day, you’ll find a link to a reading of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi on YouTube if you prefer that rather than getting the book.
Before starting our work, we also watched the Math Antics educational video on circles and pi from my my post with free pi songs and educational videos for Pi Day Even though the video wasn’t designed for kindergarteners, Zoey really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I told her at the beginning that we’re just learning a bit about pi and that she’d learn much more as she got older. So it didn’t matter if she didn’t understand everything.
Materials We Used for Making a Pi Bracelet
- Pi Day Bracelet (free printable) from Andrea Brown at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Perler Beads in 10 Colors
- Stretch Magic Jewelry Cord
How to Make a Pi Bracelet
First, I had Zoey choose a color of bead for each of the numbers from 0-9. As she chose the colors, I wrote their names on the printable. I made a triple knot in one end of the Stretch Magic that I’d cut larger than Zoey’s wrist. The first 56 digits of pi are written at the bottom of the printable. Zoey would find each digit’s color, string the bead, and then cross the number off the printable.
Zoey put 22 beads on her bracelet. She loved that she was able to do all the work herself, including choosing the proper color for each bead and crossing the number off. Note: It’s very helpful for the child to cross off each digit once it’s used to avoid losing his or her place.
Here’s Zoey’s completed bracelet!
Materials We Used for Making a Pi Day Crown
- Pi Day Crown (free printable) from Eye Popping Fun at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Colored Cardstock
- Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers (what Zoey used)
- Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers (what Sophia used)
- Acrylic Gems
- Tacky Glue
How to Make a Pi Day Crown
After printing out the crowns on cardstock, Zoey cut hers out. She left a border, since she didn’t want to cut any of the numbers or points on the crown. Then Zoey and Sophia colored their crowns. After coloring hers, Zoey glued a few acrylic gems on it. We stapled the printed strips to the back of the crown to make them fit.
Note: The Princess Awesome Pi dresses aren’t sponsored. I just think they’re cool. And Zoey loves the twirler skirts on the dresses!
Pie Day Princess Parade
Zoey loved her crown and asked to do a princess parade through the neighborhood! So we did that. Then the two princess sisters had a little snuggle at the end.
You could make pi bracelets and crowns ahead of time or on Pi Day. We’ve had a lot of fun with them already! 🙂
Free Pi Songs and Educational Videos for Pi Day
Have a Happy Pi Day! 🙂
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