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Exploring Egypt

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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

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 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.
I used the Egypt Safari ToobAssorted GemsAlphabet Magnet Letters, and Famous Landmark Cards. Put everything in a bin with sand and it was ready to be played with.
A few of our favorite books were Mummies in the Morning and Mummies and Pyramids Fact Tracker
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We also enjoyed The Usborne book of World History. It is one of the amazing books we received with our Sonlight curriculum.
 Bells loves her books and joins us for most of our schooling.
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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.
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They also wanted to see how each one of them measured up to the mummy.
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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.
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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)

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Blaze spent hours building this lego pyramid.
We also built pyramids out of sugar cubes and used our Egypt Safari Toob Figures as accents and small world play.
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We also built pyramids out of sugar cubes, and used our Egypt Safari Toob Figures as accents and small world play.
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.
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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.
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The boys ABC’s in Heiroglphs
Explored important facts and played fun word games from Little Passports.
 The Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt was another book with a lot of information and Pyramid by David Macaulay is a must!!! It shows everything you would want to know about how pyramids are actually built.
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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.
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We used our Little Passports goodies for extra learning. We read our letter from Sam and Sophia, placed our luggage tag on our suitcase, and added our stamp to our passport. The boys absolutely love receiving their Little Passports goodies every month. The excavating set was also a part of our Little Passports kit this month. It’s great for me too, no planning 😉

 

I hope you get the chance to use some of these fun hands on activities with your kids.

 

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21 Comments

  1. LOVED reading this post from your Top 10 Unit studies for the year. We are just starting up with Egypt and your post gave me many more great recources to look into. I loved the pop out mummy book!! Thank you or sharing and Happy New Year! I look forward to reading your posts in 2014 🙂

  2. Love this post! We are doing ancient history this year and I love your ideas! Looks like Sarah and I were thinking alike because I featured this post on the Hearts for Home blog hop today!

  3. What great ideas! We studied Egypt this past year and did the toilet paper mummy thing too!

    I’ll be featuring your post at this week’s Hearts for Home Blog Hop! I hope you’ll stop by and link up again, and don’t forget to grab an “I was featured” button!

    P.S. I’ve noticed in several posts your son wearing a Miami Dolphins shirt; we are Dolphins fans here!

  4. You guys look like you had so much fun! I’m so back and forth when it comes to homeschooling (and I feel like I need to make up my mind soon because my oldest is starting pre-k this year), but when I read stuff like this and see the pictures it makes me want to dive in!

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