A Kids History Project for Ancient Egypt
Watch our video below on how to make an Egyptian sugar cube pyramid! For additional practical tips, read below the video!
Tips for making an Egyptian Pyramid from Sugar Cubes:
The Base: You need a sturdy paper plate or a small styrofoam meat tray to hold your project. For a more authentic look, you could glue sand-colored colored paper on this before you begin building. Or for an even more authentic touch, you could brush on a layer of watered-down glue, sprinkle with real sand, and shake off the excess into the trash.
If you are doing this project with a class, have them write their names somewhere on this base before you begin.
Sugar Cubes Needed: When the video above was made, the sugar cubes used were smaller. Consequently, each layer was placed about half-a-sugar cube in from the previous layer, and the layers were built from 7X7 to 6X6 to 5X5 to 4X4, etc. until you had a single cube at the top. This method needed 140 cubes per project.
However, lately the sugar cubes available from the grocery store have been bigger than in the past, and the kids have been happier building them more quickly and easily by placing subsequent layers a full sugar cube in from the previous layer. By doing so, you only have 4 layers total, and they go from 7X7 to 5X5 to 3X3 to 1. With this method, you only need 84 sugar cubes per project, and if you have a large class, this is by far the more economical way to go.
Other Supplies: The only other supply you need outside of what has already been mentioned is a good tacky glue. Do not try to use a normal school glue because it is too liquid and your sugar will melt as you build. Please see the note below about glue not being edible. If you want an edible project, don’t use glue (see below)!
The Technique: Watch our video (above)!! It’s pretty simple!
Top It In Gold: Be sure to tell your class that since the original pyramids were polished limestone, they gleamed a brilliant white in ancient times, just like the models they’re making. What’s more, it is believed that the very top stone was covered in gold. A nice touch for your project is to use gold glitter or glitter-glue to decorate yours like this as well.
To Eat or Not to Eat: The project described here is not meant for eating! In order to have an edible Egyptian pyramid, you would need to use edible “glue,” like icing!