March 14th, 2015 at 9:26:53 (in the morning and in the evening) is special in the math world. I have a really great STEM project for kids to share with you: Pi Skyline. This Pi Day Activity is simple to put together and children will enjoy using their creativity to put together their Pi Skyline.
Pi Day Activity for Kids
This Pi Day Activity is well suited for a wide range of ages and abilities. The child can paper hole punch squares, measure his own grid, use a template grid, color the squares, paint the skyline, make the scene day or night, color code the grid, etc. The creative possibilities are endless for this Pi Day activity.
Materials to Consider for this Pi Day Activity
You need a grid for a base. The grid can be created in various sizes, using a pencil & ruler, using a square paper hole punch, and decorated in a variety of ways.
- Large construction paper for background
- Small construction or tissue paper for squares (if not coloring in)
- Square Paper Hole Punch
- Ruler to create grid
- Pencil to create grid
- Markers or colored pencils
- Water color paint for background (if desired)
Pi Day Activity Approach
As I mentioned above, there are many ways to create your Pi Skyline.
- Create a grid using a ruler or print one out (here is a small 10 x 10 grid to download). If you're using a square paper hole punch, you don't need to measure and draw the grid.
- Ask the child to create a color code for the numbers (e.g. 4 = red, 6 = green) or if the child desires he can choose all one color (e.g. black) or the child can even paper hole punch square images from magazines to glue onto his grid.
- Introduce the number to the child (click on this link if you need a refresher on the background of Pi). The child can choose however many digits he'd like for his project. Here is a quick reminder: 3.14159265359…
- Show a few examples of a Pi Skyline
- Encourage your child to create his own skyline using the number (and color coded) grid
This skyline used large piece of construction paper and markers to color in a grid created with pencil.
Benefits of this Activity
- Spans wide age range
- Allows child to use unique creative approach
- Introduces basic computer programming
- Process Art using a variety of mediums
- Learns math with the decimal, digits, place value, or simple numeration
- Measuring work with ruler
- Fine Motor work with coloring, using a ruler, and paper hole punching
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