Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie who wants Pi holler I! Who wants Pi? OK you can’t eat Pi because it’s a number, but you don’t have to be a math junkie to enjoy pie!

According to Piday.org “Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.”

Still I can’t escape the fun of making and eating pie for any reason. I also thought it might be fun to check out Pinterest for some exciting ways to introduce this math concept to my 4-year olds (while we eat our pie of course). Here is my test run of making cute little hand pies!

PIE DOUGH: Use your favorite from scratch recipe, or go to the store to find already made pie crust in the freezer section.

Roll out store bought dough for your pies.

“Cheater dough” works great for this recipe!

PIE FILLING: Choose your favorite (or see my recipe below). I added in chia seeds and coated the pie shells with coconut oil so it feels like I am giving the kids something “healthy” Chia seeds make nearly anything a health food right?

My kids decide they want round pies, so we cut the dough with a circle shaped cookie cutter. (We used a 4 inch cutter which makes 5 circles per dough sheet).

Use a circle shaped cookie cutter to cut out your pie shells.

Use a circle shaped cookie cutter to cut out your pie shells.

Next, we line our baking sheets with non-stick foil and place 5 circles on the sheet. Then we fill them!

Leave a 1/4 inch perimeter to allow the dough to seal.

Leave a 1/4 inch perimeter to allow the dough to seal.

We place a circle on top and press edges firmly with a fork.

Use a fork, or pinch the edges to make a seal with the dough.

Use a fork, or pinch the edges to make a seal with the dough.

Then, we brush the tops of the pie crust with coconut oil (you can also brush with egg wash, or butter). Perfect job for the kids!

Little hands love making little pies just their size.

Little hands love making little pies just their size.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (oven times vary). Eat and enjoy!!

Our fruit filled hand pies.

Our fruit filled hand pies.

Super easy right? Now you can feel like you celebrated Pi day too! Add in any one of the below fun activities and you have yourself a smarty party!

Have you celebrated Pi day before? Any favorite traditions?

 

Perfect Pi Day Traditions from Tipjunkie.com 

Pi Day Activities for Little Kids from Some of the Best Things in Life are Mistakes

Pi Day Activities from Layers-of-learning.com

Pi Knowledge from Piday.org

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner try these:

Irish Pub Pasties from Living Well Spending Less

Beef and Guinness Pies from Frugal Mom Eh

 

 

 

MIXED BERRY PIE FILLING

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen, cubed butternut squash

1 apple peeled and chopped

1-2 TBSP brown sugar

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 tsp corn starch

1 TBSP butter

pinch of salt

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (I used 1/4 of a lemon)

Melt butter in pan and add brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix in berries, apple and squash and bring to simmer. Once berries are nice and juicy stir in the squeeze of lemon, corn starch and pinch of salt. Use a potato masher to smash up the berries and allow to simmer another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before adding to pie shells

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