Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi Day Necklace Craft For Kids

Craftiments:  Pi Day necklace craft for kids


Happy Pi Day!  Miss Juju and I crafted this geeky π necklace to commemorate the day.  I've seen similar necklaces and bracelets made by older kids in their math classes and thought it could be fun and educational for a Kindergartener too.  Would you like to learn how to make one with your child?

Gather your supplies.  You will need:
  • pony beads (ten different colors) + one large bead
  • elastic jewelry cord
  • printout of the first few hundred digits of pi (http://digitsofpi.com)
  • ten cups for sorting beads
  • pencil, scissors and a paper clip

Pi necklace supplies

First, have your child sort the beads by color into the cups.  My three year old was happy to help with this step.  Now ask your child to assign one of the numbers 0 - 9 to each color, using each number only once.  Write the number on the corresponding cup of beads.

Assigning numbers to the different colors of beads


Cut a piece of elastic cord to your desired necklace length plus a few inches. Tie one end to the paperclip to prevent the beads from falling off the cord.

Time to start beading!  Start with the large bead, which symbolizes the first digit in pi.  Following the printout of pi, string the beads choosing the color bead that corresponds to each digit.

For an example, see the photo below.   The first digit in pi is 3.  Juju assigned 3 to yellow so she chose a large yellow star for her first bead.  The next digit is 1, which she assigned to red.  The next digit is 4, which she assigned to black. And the next is digit 1, so another red bead.

Example of the first four beads on the pi necklace

Cross out each digit as your child beads it so they do not lose their place.

Crossing out the digits of pi as they are beaded

Keep on stringing those beads......

Making a Pi Day necklace

When the necklace is long enough, remove the paperclip, securely knot the cord, cut off the excess and gently push the knot inside the large bead.  Done!

Craftiments:  Pi Day necklace craft for kids

Miss Juju learned some things about pi while making this necklace.  She loves to find patterns in the world around her.  At one point I found her staring intently at the printout.  I asked her what she was doing and she said she was looking for a pattern.  I explained to her that there are no patterns in the digits of pi and that is one of the things that makes it such an interesting number.  She was skeptical at first, but after looking at it a little longer she decided that I was right.

Juju also learned that pi never ends.  "If we used all the beads in the world, would we reach the end????"  "No, you will never reach the end of pi, it goes forever."  Her jaw dropped.  The concept of infinite numbers still blows her mind!


18 comments :

  1. What a great idea! I'm keeping this in mind :)

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  2. wow, what a fun and time consuming idea! I love that your daughter was able to make it so long :o) Came over from MY Turn For US...would love for you to stop by my blog www.nap-timecreations.com...

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  3. Gorgeous work and great idea! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank You for sharing this with Show Your Stuff.

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  5. What a great way to cover Living Math! Juju's self discovery about the (non) pattern iss the essence of learning!

    Penny
    Wisdom Roots, a living books library
    www.wisdomrootslibrary.com

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  6. What a fun project! Great for the brain and quite stylish, too.

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  7. What an awesome idea! My math loving husband would love that! Pinning this for next year!

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  8. Wow, what a fun way to celebrate Pi Day! I hope I can remember for next year. This year we celebrated by making pie!

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  9. I love this! What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

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  10. Great project! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  11. Awesome! We may have to do this next year! That's for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  12. Love this!!! Pi Day is my kids' adoption anniversary. This will be next year's celebration craft. :)

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  13. What a great idea! Sounds like fun. I'm a new follower via I Gotta Create. Have a great day!
    Melanie
    http://violetsbuds.blogspot.com/

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  14. How fun! That's a really clever idea :)
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  15. Very cute idea. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  16. Awww! What a great project!!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  17. Just wanted to drop by and let you know I would be featuring this at Mom's Library this week!

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  18. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your necklace! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/pi-day-necklace/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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