Celebrating Pi with Pie
Today, March 14, is National Pi Day, celebrating the numerical value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14. I just learned that a local physicist named Larry Shaw created the first Pi Day in 1989 and the first celebration was here in the Bay Area at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Very cool, especially when you picture museum staff and patrons marching in a circle and then eating fruit pies. So, because it’s practically midnight and Pi Day is more or less over, I will give you a fun idea for next year’s festivities, or the next rainy day, or anytime you want pie…
Eating pie on Pi Day is so perfect, but making your own mini pie just multiplies the fun! (had to throw in a cheesy math pun.) For this cooking activity, I purposely took the easy route and bought frozen pie crust and a can of cherry pie filling. We reused the mini pie tins from a previous dessert, but our mini baking molds from Cost Plus would’ve worked, too.
After using a pizza cutter to section off some dough for each tin, the kids worked on pressing the dough into the bottom and sides- *sensory activity.* Then they practiced scooping the cherry filling from a bowl using a spoon- *fine motor skills.* Finally, before we finished the tops, I showed them some google images
of fruit pies to give them ideas- *research and creative interpretation.*
The kids loved this activity and want to make apple pies next. We enjoyed these with homemade whipped cream, but I’m going to teach them about vanilla ice cream a la mode. So many important homeschooling lessons to cover!