We have just finished up an amazing Egypt unit study. We have read wonderful books and really got into what it was like so long ago. Take a journey with us to see how we enjoyed tons of hands on learning activities to explore Egypt. You will learn how to read, write, and become Egyptian.
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Egypt Unit Study
I decided a sensory play area would be perfect. I traced letters on a piece of paper to spell out Egypt. So while they were digging for Egyptian treasure, they would find letters along the way.
Bells loves her books and joins us for most of our schooling.
The boys loved exploring our life size Pop up Mummy Book a must for every house studying Egypt. This book offers tons of information on what is put inside the tomb, how they are wrapped, and much more.
They also wanted to see how each one of them measured up to the mummy.
Even the baby had a turn 🙂
After this we decided to Mummify an apple, unfortunately I haven’t been able to locate my pictures from this activity, but I will explain how we did it. The directions can be found here. Every day for about 2 weeks, the boys would draw in their science journals what they observed from the apples. We mummified 1 apple and let the other apple just sit in a bowl. We compared the differences after the time was up.
Next it was time for them to see what it would be like to be wrapped up like a mummy. If you are wondering why Blaze has his toes covered with bandaids, it’s because when the Egyptians were prepared for the tomb their toes were wrapped with gold. He decided to use bandaids to try it out. (Great imagination)
It’s easy to add in Math using the sugar cubes. Have the little ones count how many cubes it takes to make the pyramid or how many for each level. For the older kids they can estimate how many, then count, then average how many on each level.
Exploring Egypt is even more exciting when you see how they wrote stories, used a picture for each letter of the alphabet and how much detail went into their work. This is called Hieroglphs, and we used a great book and stamp set from Metropolitan Museum of Art called Fun with Hieroglphs.
Wouldn’t your kids love to dig like archaeologists? With this great Mummy Excavation Kit they can. They also learn how it takes time to find valuable items and you have to be very careful not to break things, because everything old becomes a lot more fragile.
I hope you get the chance to use some of these fun hands on activities with your kids.
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