Pi Day Activities from Kumon Canada!

Last Updated: November 12, 2020


Tomorrow’s March the 14th, and if you’re not nerdy enough to know what that means, my friends—you are living life wrong.

Known as Pi Day in homage to everyone’s favourite irrational number (sorry, e and i), celebrating it at 1:59 PM gives a date and time similar to π’s first decimal digits—i.e., 3/14 1:59 matches 3.14159.

And that’s at a basic level. My mathy ilk have toyed with this over the years—in 2015, π purists celebrated at 9:26 AM instead to honour the special date sequence exclusive to that year: 3/14/15 9:26, or 3.1415926 as π continues.

Whatever time you choose to celebrate Pi Day on the 14th, there’re two things you should definitely do if you want to make it memorable—grab your favourite pie flavour to enjoy with family and friends (cherry, lemon meringue, apple and/or pizza for me, for future reference), and have fun with some π-themed activities that’ll get everyone in the spirit!

With our young minds in mind, Kumon Canada‘s Math and Reading Centre Instructors compiled a list of Pi Day activities you can do with your children this March Break to incorporate learning even when they’re not at school! Here’re a few fun ways to celebrate Pi Day and have your kids problem-solve and learn with the Kumon self-learning method at the same time!

1. Make a Pi Bracelet or Necklace

Nothin' But Praise for Pi Day Thanks to Kumon Canada! — Pi Bracelet or Necklace MakingTo celebrate Pi Day this year, break out the craft kit and make yourself a fun fashion accessory!

Supplies:

  • Different colours of beads
  • Pipe cleaners, thread or string
  • A pen and a pad of paper

Steps:

  1. Nothin' But Praise for Pi Day Thanks to Kumon Canada! — Pi Bracelet or Necklace ExampleWrite out as many Pi digits as you can and colour code each number.
  2. Grab different colours of beads and begin to string them on the thread or a pipe cleaner you select to make your bracelet.
  3. Start to place the beads on the thread in order of Pi’s number sequence and the colours you’ve selected for each digit.
  4. Tie up the thread and wear your new accessory – use it to memorise the digits of Pi!

#100HappyDays — Five Days in the Life of Casey Palmer, Father Blogger

When Sarah got me doing the #100HappyDays, I thought it’d be a good exercise to teach me how to write shorter posts, giving my readers a break from the lengthy novellas I usually write.  A daily picture with a short description — not that hard, right? Except that all too soon, I’d lapse back to my old habits, and contextualized them with lengthy stories instead of posting pictures that simply spoke for themselves (a thousand words and all)!

It worked well enough until I just didn’t have the energy to keep it up.

With enough real-time stuff to keep me busy (visiting my parents in Mississauga, celebrating a friend’s birthday and having company over); side projects to work on (archiving old drawings at 1200 dpi so I can resurrect my Fish ‘n’ Chimps webcomic, marathoning through Seinfeld and playing this stupid game); and of course, the stuff that pays the bills and keeps my family flourishing (spending time with Sarah and our son, writing for The Hooray Collective, PTPA and other clients, and — of course — the 9-5), the weekend got away from me, the blog posts I planned to write fleeting with it.

But stumbling blocks only last forever if you let them win, and my blog posts won’t write themselves!

Welcome back, Mr. Palmer — it’s time to get your blog on!

#100HappyDays — Day 31 — As Simple as Pi

#100HappyDays Day 31 was a busy one, returning me downtown for some training, instantly feeling at home with its slushy sidewalks and people reminding me of the times I’d spend at the mall or wandering with friends, taking the energy of everything in. When I wasn’t dashing through the snow, I kept busy with many events — but which one made me happy?

#100HappyDays — Day 31 —  Pogue Mahone — Steak and Mushroom Pie

The first adventure had me wishing an old boss well, hanging with my old team at Pogue Mahone, a regular haunt for many working in Toronto’s Yonge/College area. I got my Steak and Mushroom Pie — my favourite item on their menu —and shared laughs with some of the best people I’ve worked with yet. It made me wistful for past days, and though I had a great lunch and great times, it also made me a little sad and contemplative about the future, so I don’t think this is the winner.