Pyramid nets are very simple to make, and for the amount of time they take to construct, the educational value is a profit. With a few tools and measurements you can discover new ideas about symmetry and why pyramids, hexagonal or otherwise, are so mystical and beautiful. The measurements below are suggestions only. You can make a net with your own measurements as long as they follow the following guidelines: each side of the hexagon must be the same length, and each line drawn from the middle of each side must be the same length and longer than the sides of the hexagon.
Things You'll Need
Draw a line 4 inches long on a sheet of paper. Each side of the hexagon will be 4 inches long.
Match the base of your protractor to one end of the line you just drew and draw another 4 inch line at 120 degrees. You want to have an obtuse inside angle, the angle that will eventually be on the inside of the hexagon, so make sure you don't create a 120 degree angle in the wrong direction.
Repeat this process for each new line until you complete the hexagon.
Draw a 6-inch line out from the middle of each side of the hexagon.
Draw two straight lines from the tip of one of the 6-inch lines that meets the corners of the 6-inch line's corresponding side -- this forms a triangle. Use your ruler as a straight edge.
Repeat step 5 for each side of the hexagon.
Cut out the net along the outside of the pattern you have created using scissors or a sharp edge.
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