After studying the Native Americans, ending with The Plains Indians,
we, Siena and Lucas, decided that they wanted to study Ancient Egypt next. It sounded like fun so we went for it. About 5 weeks in all.
We first watched a video of what is Egypt like today and their families. A great video for kids, and it was a fun introduction. The same day we read a little bit more about the country today, where it is located, we colored and drew a flag, and looked at the map and globe to see where we were traveling next.
The next day we painted a map of Ancient Egypt.
We used a large cardboard and drew the land and the water bodies. Then we painted it and let it dry for a day.
The following day, we drew around it with Sharpies to see more details.
We used many books from the library (see list at the end of this post). Fiction and non-fiction. Siena likes these history books (we’ve done them throughout the year.) So we used the History Pocket, Ancient Egypt and the History Pocket, Ancient Civilizations.
They have lots of crafts related to what we are studying, and easy enough for Lucas to enjoy too.
We made a collar with a piece of white canvas I had in my pile. We first drew 1-inch lines all the way around it, so they can make the designs evenly.
We looked at Egyptians designs in all the books we had. Then decided to draw the details.
We used fabric markers, and I think we could have used Sharpies as well. (We love Sharpies here in my house!) We did some drawings from Ralph Masiello’s Ancient Egypt book.
We used all sorts of pens and markers and these paints we’ve had for a very long time, that are like big markets with rounded foamy tip.
We also tested why Egyptians painted the houses white instead of black or any other dark color. We put a black and a white piece of construction paper and an ice cube on each one. We waited (many days actually!) for a sunny enough day to do this test.
And to tell you the truth, the experiment didn’t work. Not sure why. They both melted almost at the same time. I thought there would be more of a difference, but it didn’t. Maybe it was because we used these already cutout pieces of paper (just kidding) or because we moved them around every few minutes when we checked on them… not sure why. I think we’ll have to try it again when it’s a little warmer and more clearly sunny.
I found online somewhere (sorry… I can’t find my notes right now with the printed page of the instructions for this project) instructions to make a cartouche with plaster of Paris. I had a little bit, so we set ourselves to make it. It’s an oval piece that has your name, written in hieroglyphs, of course.
We made the mix and set it out to dry, but it dry so slow that we forgot about it, until, of course, it was too late and it was too hard to draw on it anymore. So it didn’t really worked. I think I would have tried to make this other cartouche instead, using Sculpey clay instead with the instructions from the link to the Boise Art Museum.
We still had fun writing our names and other words in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
We used hieroglyphs to make a frame, but we haven’t quite finished them yet. We used some frame mattes we had we had grabbed at SCRAP a while back. And yes, you guessed it, Sharpies of all sorts of colors to make the designs around.
On a different post I will share the other three projects we did, because they deserve a whole day all on themselves. We made two activities of mummification and we also made paper from papyrus. Really fun all of it!
And here’s the list of the books we used for this Ancient Egypt block. In no special order:
- Hatshepsut of Egypt by Shirin Yim Bridges.
- Egypt by Ann Heinrichs. A fact book of today.
- Ancient Egypt : tales of gods and pharaohs by Marcia Williams.
- I wonder why pyramids were built? and other questions about ancient Egypt by Philip Steele.
- Ancient Egypt and the Nile by Joyce Filer.
- Food and cooking in ancient Egypt by Clyde Gifford.
- Ancient Egypt by Miranda Smith.
- Ralph Masiello’s ancient Egypt drawing book by Ralph Masiello.
- Ancient Egypt by George Hart. Eyewitness book.
- Egypt by Joyce A. Tyldesley.
- Count your way through Egypt by Jim Kaskins.
- Great ancient Egypt projects you can build yourself by Carmella Van Vleet.
- If I were a kid in ancient Egypt.
- Mummies and ancient Egypt by Anita Ganeri.
- Families of Egypt (DVD) by Arden Films.
- National Geographic kids. Everything Ancient Egypt.
- Hands-on ancient people. Vol. I, Art activities about Mesopotamia, Egypt and Islam by Yvonne Y. Merrill.
- Ms. Frizzle’s adventures : ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole.
- Pyramids! : 50 hands-on activities to experience ancient Egypt by Avery Hart.
- Mummies in the Morning (#3) by Mary pope Osborne.
- Mummies and pyramids a nonfiction companion to Magic tree house # 3, Mummies in the morning by Mary Pope Osborne.
- Egyptians : Usborne Beginners by Stephanie Turnbull.
- Pocket Explorer Ancient Egypt and the Nile by Joyce Filer.
- Egypt: Enchantent of the World by Ann Heinrichs.
Hope any of this information is useful to you. Let me know if you find any other neat projects you’ve done with a link to your post or tell us about it!