In our soon-to-be released Audio Adventure, The Cat of Bubastes, we are traveling to Egypt! A wonderful extension activity to help bring this period in history alive is to make a sugar cube pyramid. They are fun and easy to build with kids of all ages and abilities. Our simple pyramid only requires a few household supplies to make.
- Box of sugar cubes
- Piece of cardboard, cut into 8 x 8 inch square
- White school glue (or white icing or hot glue)
- Sand (craft or play sand will work fine)
- Cut an 8-inch by 8-inch cardboard square. This is the base of your pyramid, so the quality of the cardboard should be strong and durable. If you’d like to create a bigger or smaller pyramid, you can adjust the size of the base to suit your needs.
- Paint a layer of glue or icing around the edges of your square. Then, place sugar cubes over top of the glue. You will not cover the entire base; just the outer edge on each side of the square.
- Add the second layer to the pyramid. Paint a layer of glue on the inside half of the cubes. This will allow the cubes to sit slightly back towards the middle of the pyramid/inside of the square. The second layer will require fewer cubes than the bottom layer.
- Repeat this process. With each new layer, paint a layer of glue on the inner half of the sugar cube and create a new, smaller square on top of every layer. Keep going until your pyramid comes to a point at the top and in the middle. (The inside of your pyramid will be hollow since you are only adding edges to each layer.)
- Let your pyramid dry completely. Overnight drying is recommended.
- Paint your entire pyramid with glue. Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer. Use caution not to damage the structure of the pyramid as you paint.
- Sprinkle with sand to create a nice, finished look.
- Let the pyramid dry.
Now you’ve got your very own Egyptian pyramid to enhance your The Cat of Bubastes studies!