Children love to play make-believe, and nothing helps them along in their games like a novelty play house. Whether it is a medieval castle, a fairy cottage, an Indian tee-pee or an Egyptian pyramid, a play house is a definite winner with the kids. While there are commercially made play houses available, making your own is not only something you can get the kids involved in, but it will save you a lot of money over purchasing a ready-made play house. An Egyptian pyramid play house is a great way to teach the kids about ancient Egypt while giving them hours of fun in their new novelty play house.
Cut three isosceles triangles measuring 5 feet on two sides and 3 feet on the base using the jigsaw. Cut out a 2- by 3-foot rectangle from the middle of the base of one of the triangles for a doorway.
Lay the triangles out flat with their sides touching and their points aligned---it should look like three slices of pizza.
Position two hinges straddling the seams between the middle triangle and the outer two triangles---position them 5 inches from the point of the triangles. Screw each hinge down so that the three triangle pieces are now joined together on the hinges. Make sure the hinges close in the same direction.
Arrange another two hinges approximately 10 inches from the base of the triangles, straddling the seam, and screw them in as well. Typically, hinges have two or three screw holes on each side, so you'll need at least four screws per hinge.
Stand the triangles upright, folding the sides of the outer two triangle until the two unhinged edges meet up and a pyramid shape is formed. Position one side of one of the door clasps around 5 inches from the top of the pyramid on one side of the unhinged edge. Screw that part of the door clasp into the plywood.
Position the other half of the door clasp piece on the opposite unhinged edge, so that it connects with the screwed-down portion of the door clasp. Screw it in place. Repeat with the remaining door clasp, only this time position it approximately 10 inches from the bottom of the pyramid. You now have a sturdy pyramid playhouse that can be unclasped to lie flat when not in use.
Sand the edges of the rectangular piece of plywood you cut out of the triangle earlier---you want it to easily fit through the doorway.
Screw in the sides of the two remaining hinges onto the door piece approximately 2 inches from each end, then position the door in the doorway and screw down the other side of the hinges into the side of the doorway so you have a swinging door on the pyramid.
Sand the entire structure.
Paint the pyramid in a sandy yellow colour, painting on the outline of bricks in a darker yellow or orange colour. Let dry before use.
If you are getting the kids to help, they can help sand and paint the pyramid. If you want to make a pyramid play house that is permanently set up, use corner pieces rather than hinges to attach the triangular pieces of plywood to one another.
Always make sure an adult assembles the play house to ensure that the set-up is correct and the clasps are properly connected.
Tips and warnings
- If you are getting the kids to help, they can help sand and paint the pyramid.
- If you want to make a pyramid play house that is permanently set up, use corner pieces rather than hinges to attach the triangular pieces of plywood to one another.
- Always make sure an adult assembles the play house to ensure that the set-up is correct and the clasps are properly connected.