How to Make Pyramids for School

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The pyramids of ancient Egypt were used as elaborate tombs for members of the royal family. It took many years and the back-breaking work of thousands of men to build these pyramids. The pyramids of ancient Egypt were made of heavy blocks of stone, but you can make a smaller scale model of a pyramid using just a few cheap household supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Draw a square that is 6 inches by 6 inches on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

  • Draw a 6-inch line on a piece of cardboard and then draw a dot in the middle of the line, 3 inches away from each end. Draw a line at a right angle from this line that is 5.19 inches and connect its end point to the endpoints of the first line to make a triangle. Repeat this three more times to get four equilateral triangles.

  • Test fit all the pieces and make any adjustments if necessary.

  • Glue together triangle one with triangle two, then glue together triangle three with triangle four so that you have the square base and two pieces that are glued together.

  • Get someone to hold the two pairs of triangles together as you glue them to form the top of the pyramid.

  • Glue the square base onto the four triangular pieces that have been glued together.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to make the pyramid a different size, use this formula to calculate the altitude, or the length of the perpendicular line, described in step 2:
  • h (in example 6 in) * 0.5 * square root (3)

References

  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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