Monday, October 5, 2015

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Ancient Egyptian Pyramids Craft

How do you build your own ancient Egyptian pyramid?  With cardboard and sugar cubes!

One of the moms in our homeschool co-op brought this activity to our Ancient Egyptian day.  They kids loved it!  And it was perfect for all of our kids, from 5-9 years old!

AND, this is a great way to incorporate math into an art/craft activity!  Younger children can help count out sugar cubes and older children can count by 5's, 4's, 3', or 2's to create the squares of sugar cubes.

Each pyramid takes 54 sugar cubes (55 if you want one on the very top).  The first layer has 25 cubes (5 rows of 5), the second layer has 16 cubes (4 rows of 4), the third layer has 9 cubes (3 rows of 3), and the top/fourth layer has 4 cubes (2 rows of 2).  Each sugar cube layer is built on a piece of cardboard that is glued to the previous sugar cube layer.

The real life biggest pyramids had more than two million blocks build hundreds of feet high!

Our kids were very pleased with their own pyramids, and kept them on display for some time at home!

These pyramids go great with our Mummy Craft!

Who loves ancient Egypt?!!  We do!!

Happy Educating, Carla

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Carolyn Henderson -- This Woman Writes said...

Sugar cubes -- what a great, and basically inexpensive, building material. One sincerely hopes that the builders do not lick their fingers!

It's fascinating how the number of cubes grows, depending upon the number of layers. I could see where you could go through a couple boxes, fairly quickly.