How to Make a Mayan Pyramid Out of Sugar Cubes

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Mayan pyramids, as opposed to the relatively smooth Egyptian pyramids, have a stair-like shape that lends itself well to replication with sugar cubes. Sugar cubes are a relatively sturdy building material, making them great for school projects for younger students, and with sugar as the main ingredient, many kids would be happy to construct it, even though the project takes some time to properly complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard square
  • Glue
  • 385 sugar cubes
  • Spray paint

Cut a cardboard square large enough to fit a pyramid that will be 10 sugar cubes long on each side. Cut a larger square if you want to have room to create a surrounding "landscape" for your pyramid.

Plan where your pyramid will be placed on the cardboard. Be sure there is enough room for a square that will be 10 cubes wide by 10 cubes long.

Place a dab of glue on one side of a sugar cube. Place the cube, glue-side down, onto the cardboard.

Continue attaching cubes until you have a 10 by 10 square.

Dab a dot of glue on a sugar cube. Place the cube on top of one of the intersection of four cubes in one of the corners.

Continue attaching cubes until you've made a layer of 9 cubes by 9 cubes.

Continue in this fashion to make the rest of the layers, each being one cube shorter in length and width than the last, until you reach the top layer, which requires only a single cube.

Spray paint the structure in your desired color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to have extra sugar cubes on hand in case of mishaps.
  • Do not allow the sugar cubes to get wet or they may begin to dissolve.
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