Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids – 5 Magical Facts about Mathematical Pyramids

Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever heard about a square pyramid? Here are five magical mathematical pyramids facts for kids.

Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids Fact number 1: All Faces on a Pyramid are Triangular

A pyramid is made up of one base and triangular faces. No matter what shape base the faces of the pyramid will be triangular in shape. Basic pyramid shapes have a square base with four triangular sides. These types of pyramids have 5 vertices, four faces and are known as square pyramids.

Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids Fact number 2: The Top of a Pyramid is Called the Apex

The apex is the common vertex at which the faces of a pyramid meet. The vertex of a shape is the point where two or more line segments or edges meet. A pyramid is made by connecting a base to an apex. It is the highest point of the pyramid. The apex is located directly above the base of the pyramid.

Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids Fact number 3: Pyramids can have Different Bases

A pyramid can have different shaped bases, such as a triangular base, rectangular base, pentagonal base or a hexagonal shape. A pyramid is named after the shape of its base. A pyramid with a triangular base and 3 sides is called a triangular pyramid. A pyramid with a hexagonal base and 6 triangular faces is called a hexagonal pyramid.

Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids Fact number 4: There are Two Types of Pyramids

There are two types of pyramids, a regular pyramid and irregular pyramid. A regular pyramid is a pyramid with a regular shaped base and equal lateral faces. This means the base of the pyramid has all equal sides and angles. An irregular pyramid is a pyramid with an irregular shaped base and different lateral faces. This means that the base of the pyramid has unequal sides and angles.

Chichen Itza Pyramid

Mathematical Pyramids Facts for Kids Fact number 5: The Pyramids of Egypt are The Most Famous Example of Pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt are probably the best known examples of the pyramid shape and the first thing that comes to mind when you think of them. We also see the pyramid shape used for other purposes and objects. For example, most tents that we use for camping are in the shape of a pyramid or some of your favourite treats such as a Toberlone are in the shape of a pyramid.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Mathematical pyramids, check out these articles about some other shapes: Polygons, Geometric Shapes, Isosceles Triangle, Pentagon, and 2D and 3D Shapes.

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