Ancient Egypt Activities for Kids

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Ancient Egypt Activities for Kids

We are moving right along with our 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

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.

Mummy Hot Dogs

  • 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.

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Comments

  1. Linda says:

    Love the mummy hotdog idea! I worry that I don’t let my daughter do enough “projects”. I sometimes need the reminder that she needs to do projects just like she needs to do her core curriculum studies. This also applies to science experiments. She loves the hands on stuff. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Renae says:

    These are some great activities! I’m featuring this post with one image in a round up of Ancient Egypt Activities at Every Star Is Different. Thank you so much for taking the time to share all that you’re doing!

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