Pi Day Coding Bracelets

Mar 6, 2017

We love celebrating Pi Day at our house every March 14th! Naturally it's a good holiday to celebrate when your son has hypernumeracy and practically lives and breathes all things math related. However, it can be a bit tricky coming up with fun activities and crafts for the kids to do to celebrate Pi Day.

Both of my kids have really become interested in coding over the past two years, so I figured we could combine their love of math and coding into one simple craft idea. My kids loved making these Pi Day-inspired bracelets!

You Will Need:

  • String or embroidery floss
  • Small beads in a variety of colors - perler or pony beads would work best
  • Paper and pen

On a piece of paper (or part of a ripped envelope in my case!), write out the first 20-30 digits of Pi. Then write the key to identify which color of bead will represent which number found in the digits of Pi.

Perler beads, string, and an envelope with the secret PI code that connects the colour with the number written out.

Be sure to knot one end of the thread or string before threading the beads on. Then start adding the beads in order by translating the number into the corresponding color. So for our code the first three colors would be green (3), purple (1), and brown (4). We used perler beads for our bracelets since my kids are older and can definitely handle manipulating tiny objects for threading. Well, that and I only had three colors of pony beads on hand!

Regardless, this craft involves a lot of fine motor work!

Little hands sting on beads to bracelet.

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Finally, tie the ends of the string together around your child's wrist. Your kids will love showing off their homemade bracelets! Especially since it's a secret code for the first 20 digits of Pi!

Close-up of wrist with PI bracelet.

Pi bracelet with the PI code.

Some other ideas for celebrating Pi Day with the kids include:

  • Playing math games
  • Eating pies (think chicken pot pie for a meal and an apple pie for dessert, for instance)
  • Try memorizing as many digits of Pi as you can and challenge your kids to see how many they can memorize
Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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