How to Build Model Egyptian Ships

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How to Build Model Egyptian Ships
A simple Egyptian ship can be created out of basketry reeds and raffia. (Egyptian slave image by jimcox40 from

Ancient Egyptians travelled down the Nile in reed boats, which would carry them up and down the river to transport goods or to tend to their crops. If you are teaching your elementary-aged students about Ancient Egypt transportation, they may enjoy creating a model of a reed boat that can actually float on water. While the students are making their reed boats, you can talk to them about what reed boats were used for in Ancient Egypt.

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Things you need

  • Basketry reeds
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Collect a handful of basketry reeds roughly the width of a silver dollar.

  2. 2

    Cut the reeds with scissors to make them each measure about 8 inches long.

  3. 3

    Gather the reeds in a bunch and tie each of the ends tightly with raffia.

  4. 4

    Push your thumbs into the middle of the boat to make it splay out more than the ends.

  5. 5

    Place the Egyptian reed boat into a bowl of water to see it float.

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