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This year I decided to put together my son’s history curriculum rather than purchase a ready-to-use program. I didn’t see anything that really caught my eye, so rather than trudge through something that didn’t feel right for him, I decided to teach his history as a series of unit studies. The first unit study to tackle was Ancient Egypt for kids.
I knew that I wanted to work through a collection of world history unit studies because my 9th grade daughter is working on a high school level world history course. Having both kids working on similar tasks is just good for my mom sanity level. It also allows us to occasionally watch a movie or do a project that is related to both of their studies.
We studied world history a few years ago, but Ben was around second grade then. I’m not really sure how much he remembers now that he is in 6th grade.
I like to plan our unit studies before we actually do the lessons. Each unit study contains hands-on activities, book suggestions, videos to watch, and field trip ideas. This assortment of learning activities keeps history interesting and not dull.
Ancient Egypt for Kids
Ancient Egypt Activities
I knew we needed this hands-on art history course in our lives as soon a I saw it in the vendor hall at the Carolina Homeschool Conference.
Hannah is joining Ben in completing the art projects because she is also studying Ancient Egypt. She has always enjoyed art, so this is a nice addition to her history curriculum.
Each Take Time for Art topic contains streaming videos to provide background information and photo graphs of the actual art. There are also art packs that make it easy to actually do the projects at home.
The Ancient Egypt art pack includes just about everything you need to complete:
- Egyptian mummy mask
- Egyptian tomb painting
- air-dried clay William the Hippo replica
I am much more likely to actually complete art projects with my kids if all the materials are already in my house.
Technically, it is recommended to use one art pack for each child, but in order to save money I plan to have my kids work together on a project when possible. If it isn’t really possible, such as with the air dry clay, I will purchase extra art
Building a pyramid out of sugar cubes is a fun classic Ancient Egypt for kids project.
After the pyramid is constructed you can either leave the sugar cubes white or paint them tan to resemble the sand color of actual Egyptian pyramids.
Rice Krispies map of Egypt
Rice Krispies maps are a fun way to learn geography. We followed these steps to make a Rice Krispies map of Egypt. Hershey’s Kisses represented pyramids, Hershey’s Nuggets as temples, M&Ms were used as cities, and frosting showed the Nile River.
Learning about hieroglyphics is an essential part of any Ancient Egypt unit study. This free activity pack teaches children to spell their own name with hieroglyphics. After studying the hieroglypic alphabet, kids can also practice decoding secret messages.
Dover coloring books are really high quality and make a great addition to any unit study. Educational coloring books are perfect for strewing around the house or adding to a themed boredom busting basket.
This book quickly became one of my son’s favorites. We spent quite a bit of time reading through it so we could tell each other interesting facts. Each page spread contains a number of unique information. Topics include fashion, medical care, art, inventions, government, temples, and so much more.
The photographs in this book are the star of the show. It is almost like a trip to a museum from the comfort of your living room. This book provides an overview of many areas of Ancient Egypt life.
This chapter book is a great resource for kids who really prefer nonfiction. My son did not like fictional stories, even realistic historical fiction, when he was younger.
I thought that I knew a decent amount about how the pyramids were built. Then I read this book. The storyline follows a teenage boy who spends the day helping build a pyramid. One page tells a realistic fictional story while the opposite page offers corresponding nonfiction information.
This book tells the stories of several famous Egyptian gods and pharaohs. The stories are told through comic strips, making them inviting to children. The illustrations are beautiful. They almost seem to pop off the page.
Jean-Francois was fascinated by Ancient Egypt as a child. That innate curiosity grew and grew. When he grew up, Jean was obsessed with Egyptology and studied hieroglyphs relentlessly. His hard work paid off and he became the first person to decode the ancient hieroglyphs.
Online Videos About Ancient Egypt
I like to include videos in my unit studies. It breaks up the lessons and helps me teach two kids two different subjects at one time. Streaming online videos is kind of like my own teaching assistant.
I love Crash Course History videos. They provide a ton of info in a short amount of time. This video is only a little over 11 minutes. My son watched it as the introduction to our Ancient Egypt unit study.
Khan Academy is a wonderful free resource. This particular course includes a lot of reading, so it is probably best for teens. There are videos included too. You have the option of working through the entire course or watching just the videos.
We bought a CuriosityStream subscription over the summer and have really enjoyed it. It is so nice to have easy access to quality educational documentaries.
There are currently quite a few videos about Ancient Egypt streaming . . .
So far, our favorites have included:
- The True Story of King Tut’s Tomb
- Scanning the Pyramids
- Scribes of Ancient Egypt
As amazing as it would be, a trip to Egypt just isn’t in the budget for my family. Instead, we will check out the resources that are closer to North Carolina.
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum is a fantastic field trip if you are in the DC area. We try to make the trip to DC every year or two and tour the museums. The Ancient Egypt exhibit is permanent and includes mummies and amulets.
We are lucky to have such a great art museum in Raleigh. This museum includes a nice sized Ancient Egypt exhibit. We have walked through the rows of sarcophagi and canopic jars in the past, but will be returning again.
If you are in the Raleigh area, I highly recommend making this free field trip.
This is a field trip that anyone with an internet connection can visit. We may never make it to Egypt, but we have seen the Pyramids.
- Go to Google Maps.
- Type ‘Great Pyramid of Giza’ into the map search bar.
- Drag the little person figure onto the map. Place it in front of the pyramid of your choice.
- Now street view will be engaged and you can ‘walk’ around and sight see.
Have you ever taught Ancient Egypt for kids? This unit study topic has come up a few times over our 9 years of homeschooling.
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