We are moving right along with our (affiliate link) Mystery of History lessons, except there isn’t a fun history project in sight. Actually not one history project has been attempted. We have been focusing on science, grammar, and writing. When I look at those areas I am encouraged with the progress.
If you stop by often at Layered Soul, then you know how much we love projects. But I don’t want you to think we do amazing projects in every subject every day. Trust me…we don’t.
Since I have just a smidgen of project guilt with our history projects, I don’t want that to become my barometer for how I feel things are going with our homeschool. Otherwise all the great things happening in other subjects would get lost in my guilt. Maybe guilt is a strong word for not doing history projects, but I really strive for balance with our school projects and sometimes I am guilty of looking at what we aren’t doing instead of what we are.
This past Monday I declared it “Fun History Project Day.” The night before I set the table with all the supplies needed for the planned Ancient Egypt activities for kids. When the boys woke-up and saw everything they quickly flew through their morning chores. We started school at 8:15 am, a new record for this school year. By lunchtime the boys had completed all their planned projects.
While they were painting I took the opportunity to listen to an audio cd by Jim Weiss on Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egypt Activities for Kids:
The following activities I found to be inexpensive and easily completed in a morning.
Action-Hero Mummy with Hand-painted Sarcophagus
- The moment I saw on Pinterest the action hero being mummified, I knew this was a must do activity. I didn’t have the fancy sarcophagus box to decorate so I improvised. I found at my local craft store wooden pencil boxes for a $1 each. I then created an Egyptian printed design for each boy. I knew the fine details on real sarcophaguses would frustrate them trying to copy. We painted the box and used Mod Podge for the printed design.
- Ancient Egypt Pictures for a Sarcophagus
Sugar Cube Pyramid
- I remember doing this when my oldest was in second grade, about 11 years ago. After we tried a few different ways to construct the pyramid we constructed one by doing the layers in 5 even rows, then 4, 3, 2, and 1. I then told the boys if they could tell me the total number of sugar used I would let them eat some of the extra.
Ancient Egypt Cookie Map
- This scored me the most excitement and motivator for finishing the rest of their school lessons. I used sugar cookies and rolled them out to form one large mass. I had the boys carve the Nile River, the delta, and the Medetarrain Sea. Then they decorated the bodies of water with blue sprinkles. Once it came out of the oven I had them construct mini pyramids out of sugar cubes. I have seen Hershey kisses used for pyramids, but we can’t eat chocolate.
- One can of crescent rolls cut into strips, covered 6 hot dogs. I didn’t do anything for the eyes like I had seen on Pinterst, but that didn’t lessen the excitement.
Ancient Egypt Books from the Library
- While we were waiting for paint to dry or the next activity to be prepared, the boys read books from our pile on Ancient Egypt. After they finished a book they did a quick oral summary of what the book was about.
Now tonight I will sleep better knowing we have completed some history projects.