# March 14 – Pi Facts for Kids

March 14 is celebrated as Pi Day, an exciting day for math enthusiasts around the world, especially because it represents the mathematical constant pi (π). This day is a wonderful opportunity to explore the fascinating world of mathematics and its countless applications. From understanding the basics of circles to exploring the infinite nature of π, Pi Day can make learning math fun and engaging. Let’s learn more with the Pi Facts for Kids! You can check out all of the Fact of the Day for Kids here.

**TEN FUN FACTS ABOUT PI DAY**

- Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th because the date 3/14 represents the first three digits of π (3.14).
- Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and it’s the same for all circles.
- The symbol for pi (π) has been used for over 250 years and was first introduced by William Jones in 1706.
- Pi is an irrational number, meaning it cannot be exactly expressed as a fraction of two integers.
- The value of pi is approximately 3.14159, but it has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.
- Albert Einstein, one of the most famous physicists, was born on Pi Day (March 14, 1879).
- In 2015, Pi Day had a special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53, matching the first ten digits of π.
- People celebrate Pi Day with pie eating contests, discussions about π, and even pie-throwing contests.
- The Guinness World Record for memorizing the most digits of pi is held by Rajveer Meena of India, who recited 70,000 digits in 2015.
- Some schools and educational institutions hold competitions to see who can recall π to the highest number of decimal places.

## Number Find Puzzle Packet

**ACTIVITY IDEAS TO CELEBRATE PI DAY**

Pi Day offers a unique opportunity to make math fun and engaging for students. Here are some creative ways to celebrate in the classroom or school:

- Complete the Pi Word Search Puzzle – or should I say Number Hunt Puzzle?
- Host a pie baking (or eating) contest with varieties of pie to represent different mathematical concepts.
- Create art projects based on the infinite nature of π, like π cityscapes or π color coding.
- Have a π digit memorization challenge among students.
- Organize a “Pi Day” scavenger hunt with math problems that lead to the next clue.
- Write π-kus (like haikus, but related to π and math) to share with the class.

**QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT FOR MARCH 14**

Pi Day isn’t just about fun and games; it’s also a chance to dive deeper into the world of mathematics. Consider these questions:

- Why is π such an important number in mathematics?
- How do different cultures celebrate Pi Day, if at all?
- What would mathematics be like without the concept of π?
- How do scientists and engineers use π in real-world applications?
- Can you think of a situation in your life where you indirectly used π?

**WOULD YOU RATHER QUESTIONS – PI FACTS FOR KIDS**

Here are five questions to spark conversation. Would you rather…

- Memorize the digits of π or eat pie flavors corresponding to each digit?
- Celebrate Pi Day by solving math problems or by creating art inspired by π?
- Attempt to break the world record for memorizing digits of π or invent a new way to calculate π more efficiently?
- Have a pi-themed party or a math games day at school?
- Learn about the history of π or explore its applications in modern technology?

**MORE FUN STUFF**

Here are more fun ideas to help keep the kids entertained:

- Fun Facts for Kids
- Try these free Number Find puzzles.