Pi Day is a very fun holiday for math geeks like me! Last year we used Cuisenaire rods to create a Pi Day Skyline, and this year I created this spring tree coloring page for the kids to decorate in honor of the day. I am sharing the basic tree outline as a free printable at the end of this post. You can use it to create your own Pi Day trees! It also works beautifully for seasonal art projects you might want to do with your kids. Print out four copies of this page and decorate one for spring, one for summer, one for fall, and one for winter!
Pi-Day Inspired Spring Tree Coloring Printable (also all-season tree)
Since this is a pretty abstract art idea to give to young children, I created my own Pi Day Tree before passing the challenge off to the kids. I covered the tree with circles that measured 0.3 inches, 0.1 inches, 0.4 inches, and 0.5 inches. Then I put five circles falling out of the tree on either side to represent the first five digits of Pi: 3.1415. I also matched the colors of the sizes to the responding colors of the sized Cuisenaire rods we used for our Pi Day project last year. This is what artsy math nerd moms do instead of cleaning the house.
I printed out my version of the tree, as well as four blank trees so that each kid could decorate their own. It was fun to see how each child approached this task! Ten-year-old Emma is the only child who has any proper idea of what Pi is. If you look at her picture at the top of this post, you will see that she actually wrote out 3.1415 to create a multicolored blossoming tree. I love the final effect!
Thankfully, you don’t have to understand the subtleties of Pi to appreciate this task – and creating projects like this will help to capture the kids’ interest when their teachers introduce them to Pi in a few years.
Eight-year-old Johnny was inspired by the circles of my own project. I explained to the kids that I used Cuisenaire rod colors, and you can see that explanation reflected in the blocks drawn at the base of the tree. Oh, by the way, these washable thin tip markers are awesome. We adore the case they come in, too! You snap each marker in individually, so they stay nice and neat for taking places and kids can see every single marker at a glance.
Six-year-old Lily ignored the Pi Day component of this activity. She brought her tree to life – can you spot the face and arms? There is also a ladder leaning up the side, which makes me think of the Faraway Tree Stories. The stars add to the magical atmosphere, as to the swirls of blue she drew to show that it is nighttime in her drawing.
Three-year-old Anna does not care about Pi at all, but she had a lovely time decorating this Frozen-inspired tree!
Tree Outline for Open-ended Art
This tree outline makes for fabulous open-ended art – spring-themed, season-themed, Pi-themed, fairy-tale-themed… It is amazing how versatile a simple tree outline can be! I uploaded PDF files of both of these trees for you to enjoy! Both files will print as 8.5×11 inch coloring pages. Click on the images below to open the PDF file for printing. Happy coloring!
How are you celebrating Pi Day? Check out these fun activities:
- 2D and 3D shapes with Magnatiles from Go Science Girls
- Find the Center of a Circle from Planet Smarty Pants
- Pi Geometry Steam Activities and Math Ideas from Little Bins for Little Hands
- Pi Day Pie Playdough from Left Brain Craft Brain
Do you have a favorite spring craft for us to enjoy?