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Target Audience : Students age 7 - 14

Unit Study: Let's Study Ancient Egypt
Build an Egyptian Pyramid
by Belinda Mooney
January 28, 2001

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Here are directions for building a pyramid to add to your Egypt Unit study.

 Materials needed:

a. oaktag, construction paper, or other stiff paper cut 20 inches square
b. pencil, pen
c. ruler
d. scissors
e. glue
f. cardboard 
g. sand (optional) 

1.. On the paper, already have 7 1/2 inch square drawn 

2.. Divide each side of the square in half and draw lines (as shown in figure) that extend 6 inches from the midpoints on the sides as shown. Mark these points A, B, C. and D. 

3. Draw lines from each point to the corners of the square closest to it (dotted lines, figure 2). This will make four triangles with sides of equal lengths. 

4. Draw  fastening two tabs on the triangles that are opposite each other as shown in Figure 2. Each tab should be about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. Draw the tabs roughly on the middle of each side. 

5. Draw diagonal lines connecting the opposite corners of the base square; label each triangle 1,2,3,4. 

6. Fold side up, using glue on tabs 1 and 3 to attach to 2 and 4.

7. To make base, cut 12 inch square of card- board and spread with glue and sprinkle with sand.

Glue bottom of pyramid to base. 

Go here for a unit study on Egypt:
Let's Study Ancient Egypt Part I
Let's Study Ancient Egypt Part II
Let's Study Ancient Egypt Part III
Let's Study Ancient Egypt Part IV
Build an Egyptian Pyramid

Links of Note
Enchanted Learning: Alternate craft to make a Pyramid or tetrahedron

Submitted by:  © Belinda MooneyBelinda Mooney is a homeschool mom of 7 children in their 14th year of homeschooling. She enjoys writing unit studies, reading, crafts, cooking and working on her websites. Belinda has written articles for The Toybox and Joyfull Noise magazines. She has been asked to contribute history content to Learning and Teaching Scotland for high schools in Scotland. Belinda is the content manager for,, and (coming soon). She is also the Thrifty tip guru at  If you would like to know whenever Belinda updates any of her web sites just subscribe to her newsletter -The Family Forum Jot a note to Belinda Mooney


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