Expose your child to one of the most remarkable construction feats of all times -- the Egyptian pyramids. From the step-sided to the flat-sided pyramid, craft projects exist to help reinforce the complexity of building such a structure. Fun facts to infuse into your conversation include: the first pyramid was built in 2700 BCE and they were not just tombs for Pharaohs -- they had storage rooms, court yards, secret passageways and even fancy traps to catch robbers.
Flat-Side or True Pyramid
Construct a flat-sided pyramid with corrugated cardboard. Measure, mark and cut an 8-inch square and four equilateral triangles with an 8-inch base. Place the 8-inch square on a flat work surface and squeeze a line of glue along the outside edges. Position, place and glue the 8-inch equilateral triangles around the square. Lean the triangles in to create the top point of the pyramid. Allow the glue to dry. Spray the outside of the pyramid with spray adhesive. Sprinkle fine sand over the surface to create your replica pyramid.
Use sugar cubes and frosting to create a step-sided pyramid. Measure, draw and cut a 6-inch square from a piece of heavy cardboard. Spread a half-inch strip of frosting around the outside edge of the 6-inch square. Place a row of sugar cubes on the frosting to create the first step of the pyramid. Continue to make the remaining stepped layers by dipping the bottom of a sugar cube in the frosting. Position it so the base of the sugar cube sits halfway back from the front of the previous row. Continue placing sugar cubes until the row is made. Move to the next row and follow the same process. Each row will have fewer sugar cubes. Allow the frosting to dry before moving.
Pyramid with Passages
Build a pyramid with passages using sugar cubes. Follow the same process as making a step-sided pyramid to build up on the sides. Begin by making the first row. Create the passages by dipping the sugar cubes in frosting. Make a maze on the inside of the square. Add the next outside row of sugar cubes, making sure to build the maze walls up as you go. Continue with this process until your pyramid is 3 inches tall. Measure, mark and cut a 3-inch square from heavy cardboard. Place it over the walls of the pyramid. Follow the same process as the step-sided pyramid to make a small 3-inch pyramid. Lift the top section off to show the passages inside the pyramid.
Pyramid with Courtyard
Walls surround a flat-sided pyramid to create a courtyard. Measure, mark and cut a piece of heavy cardboard 10 inches wide by 12 inches long. Make a 6-inch flat-sided pyramid and position it on the cardboard so 5 inches remain in the front on the flat piece of cardboard. Do this by centering the pyramid between the 10-inch width and toward one side of the 12-inch length. Glue straight walls, 3-inches tall around the cardboard rectangle, leaving a 2-inch opening along one side to make a courtyard in front of the pyramid.