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Steps for building a pyramid for a school project

Updated April 17, 2017

Building a pyramid is a staple of classroom study units about ancient Egypt. Pyramid projects range from simple drawings or folded paper pyramid shapes to elaborate scale models of clay or hardened sand. The most commonly used methods include making a model from cardboard or foam board, building a pyramid from sugar cubes or plastic building blocks, or shaping a pyramid from modelling clay. Each can be painted or decorated for a more realistic appearance. Incorporate other elements of Egyptian culture into a larger diorama with the pyramid as a focal point.

Cut out four equilateral triangles from construction paper; tape them together along the inside edges to form a pyramid. Tape or glue the pyramid to a cardboard or foam board base.

Paint or decorate your paper pyramid by adding Egyptian symbols or weathered texture.

Build a pyramid shape using sugar cubes or Lego-style small plastic building blocks. Start with a square base outline; add successive layers of decreasing diameter, ending in a point at the top.

Shape modelling clay into a pyramid shape; allow to dry completely. Paint your pyramid as desired or cover with sandpaper cut to fit to give an authentic weathered sandstone appearance.

Make a non-traditional pyramid using toilet paper rolls, playing cards or empty aluminium cans. These versions may win points for creativity, but typically are not the best choices for Egypt-specific pyramid projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy cardboard or foam board
  • Poster paper, thin cardboard or sheets of craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Craft or classroom glue
  • Plastic building blocks or sugar cubes
  • Modelling clay
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paints
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As a national security analyst for the U.S. government, Molly Thompson wrote extensively for classified USG publications. Thompson established and runs a strategic analysis company, is a professional genealogist and participates in numerous community organizations.Thompson holds degrees from Wellesley and Georgetown in psychology, political science and international relations.