Activities About Ancient Egypt for Kids

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Activities About Ancient Egypt for Kids
Inspire your children with activities teaching them about Ancient Egypt. (sphinx iii image by Przemyslaw Moranski from Fotolia.com)

The science and culture of Ancient Egypt continues to inspire the modern world. Exposing children to this mysterious world can provide fun and unforgettable experiences. Kindle children's curiosity about the cultural significance of the Giza pyramids through a hands-on construction activity. Teach the kids about the ancient writing system of hieroglyphics through a writing activity. Generate some laughs and instil knowledge about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife by creating personalised mummies.

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Ascend to Heaven

Enlighten the children about Egypt's famous pyramids which may have been a symbolic stairway to heaven for the pharoah, or leader. Help the children create their own pyramid using sugar cubes and glue. For older children, you can provide clay to be used for the interior and sugar cubes for the exterior of the pyramid. This is patterned after the Giza pyramids, which used different stone for the interior and exterior of the pyramid.

Write Like An Egyptian

Help the children appreciate the heritage and importance of Ancient Egyptian civilisation by teaching the children how to write their names with hieroglyphs, the ancient script of Egyptians. Teach the children about the cartouche symbol, which marked the name of a person in hieroglyphs. Have the children create their own cartouche symbol and write their names in hieroglyphs within the cartouche.

Make A Mummy

There are several different types of mummies which are easy and fun for children. You could use toilet paper and jewellery to make any person into a mummy. You may consider using gold fingernail polish on the hands and feet to represent the gold fingertips put on mummies anciently. In another activity, make inflated balloon animals with the children. Let the children cover the balloons with paper mache. Once the paper mache dries, pop the balloons with a small needle. Paint the dried outer shell with gold colours or hieroglyphs.

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