Ever since I shared our pi skyline activity with the world, I have been flattered by how many teachers have done the art project as one of their pi day activities with their students! Pi day is March 14 because the first three digits of pi are 3.14. Art is such a good way to get kids to think about math in creative ways and can often make math more accessible to kids who might struggle with it. In our case, math is the gateway for art learning!
Our pi skyline activity can be adapted in different ways. Keep it simple by making a simple graph. Add the element of coding by assigning a different color to each number and then graph it. Kids can cut out their skyline and paste onto a different background, or simply color the background right on the graph paper. Watch the video below, or see how my son did the project on our original pi skyline math art post.
Alternatively, kids can create the skyline by building it with individual squares of paper.
Note: I’ve gotten some queries about the art supplies in the video. Here’s a list. (Affiliate links.)
- Watercolor palette. I love how many colors there are!!
- Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens. These are by far my favorite markers ever. They come in several widths and all sizes are glorious to use. The ones in the video are the Big Brush size.
- Watercolor brush pens. These are an interesting way to switch things up.
- Prismacolor premier markers. These are waterproof and I like to use them when I use watercolors. They are a nice alternative to Sharpies, and the dual tip ends make them more useful.
- Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media. We have tons of these. I have written about them several times on this blog. You can’t go wrong with this art journal.
Play Pi Dice! I totally invented this game, but it is still a fun way to celebrate irrational and transcendental numbers!
More Pi Day Activities
- Print out this pi printable and see who can memorize the most numbers.
- Pi day grid from TinkerLab. This is a square grid, but you could whip one up with circles to make it more in line with the pi theme.
- Use cuisinaire blocks to create the pi skyline like this one at Mama Smiles.
- Create the pi skyline with LEGO like this one at Homegrown Learners.
- Pi bracelets from Pink Stripey Socks
- Pi story and measuring activity from PBS parents.
- Dot artwork using pi from Pink Stripey Socks
- Pi day cootie catcher (and other printables)!
- Pi day sing along at Math Geek Mama
- Have fun making circle art with a compass
- Make watercolor circle art from Mess for Less
Sing a pi song!
- Make a pi pie of course, like this one at NurtureStore.
BONUS: Check out these awesome class skylines inspired by our pi day project!!
But don’t limit your math art projects to pi day alone! Try these, too:
- Parabolic curves
- Transforming ninja stars
- Fibonacci art project
- Or, check out these amazing math art books for kids.
Or, extend the learning fun with these elementary math picture books.
Happy Pi Day!