Activities | How to make a Pyramid by London Art Nanny

Here at pocketnannies we are always after new and exciting art projects to do with children. So today Charlotta, London Art Nanny, is kindly sharing one of her most popular art activities with us. 

I’ve always been fascinated by colours and shapes. As a child I would sit and draw and paint for hours… Not much has changed! I still do. I love spending time in my art studio, painting or sketching in my artist book. But also…I run private art classes for little artists in London, under the name London Art Nanny. Having ran art activities for children for over 10 years now in different set ups I have come across a few tips and tricks a long with popular activities among the little ones that I love sharing to inspire others to get creative.

How to make a pyramid

In this post I will share with you how to make a pyramid and mummies. This craft project integrates shapes, counting, composing, colour study, cutting and glueing, drawing, painting… and even a little history lesson. Best yet – kids love it! I would recommend this for 3-6 year olds.

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What you will need:

-Cardboard (why not recycle an old delivery box?)
-Paper
-Glue stick or PVA glue

This will create the base.

Cut out five same sized squares. 15 cm (6 inches) each side. Leave one for the base. Continue cutting the rest four squares into triangles by measuring out the middle point on one side and connecting that point to the lower corners.

When using thicker cardboard, I find it best to cut it out ready for the kids, as it can be quite tricky for them. I tend to use a paper cutting knife for this part, but a big kitchen scissor will also do the work.

Let the little ones try to figure out how to compose the different shapes into a pyramid.

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Finally, stabilise the pyramid from the inside by glueing paper strips over the edges, and then glue the pieces together into a pyramid!

If you wish to practice ancient Egyptian drawings, you can ask the artists to draw on the inside of the pyramid before glueing the pieces together. Leave one side unglued, to use as a door.

Decorating the pyramid

On to the decorating…

You will need:
-Acrylic paint / poster paint

You can show photos of real pyramids, but encourage the little artists to create their own design on the walls. In this step you can speak about different colours, which primary colours to mix to create secondary colours… How to blend different shades of green, purple etc… Be creative with it.

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How to make a mummy

Then finally, make a little mummy to sleep inside the pyramid. Spooky? A bit. That’s what keeps it interesting. You can tell stories about ancient Egypt, while creating… This gives the project a bigger purpose and your little ones learn about history in a fun way.

For the mummy you will need:
-A wooden spoon, or a stick
-Toilet paper
-Glue stick or PVA glue

Rip the toilet paper into slimmer strips. Then add glue onto the spoon and wrap it in with the paper strips. Voila! A mummy.

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This activity takes about an hour. The little ones tend to stay focused as it has so many different elements. To keep it fun, why not play stimulating instrumental music in the background? If you try this, I would love to see how it turned out!
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@ldnartnanny).

I hope this inspired you to get the brushes and scissors out!

Happy Colourful wishes,
Charlotta Bjorkskog a k a London Art Nanny

www.londonartnanny.com

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