Pyramids. Mummies. Heiroglyphics. The Nile. Ancient Egypt is a fascinating era to study.
The kids and I have been going through Guerber’s Ancient World from Nothing New Press for our history this year. We have just finished our studies of Egypt.
We read a lot of great books:
Story of the Ancient World by H.A. Guerber and Christine Miller
The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World- like a museum in book form. We loved looking at the pictures.
Shipwrecked Sailor by Tamara Bower- this was an interesting tale about a man who sailed on the Nile River and found a legendary island
Tutankhamen’s Gift by Robert Sabuda- we loved the briliant Egyptian pictures in this book about the young boy-king
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki- interesting, albeit somewhat disgustng information about how mummies were made
Pyramid by David Macaulay- we really enjoyed this story of a Pharoah who began building his pyramid when we just started his reign, the pictures of the pyramid building process were fascinating
Croco’nile by Roy Gerrard- this was an endearing tale of two children and their pet crocodile
Moses in the Bulrushes by Warwick Hutton- whimsical watercolors help tell this simple story of Moses’s infancy
Exodus by Brian Wildsmith- vibrant illustrations help tell about this significant event from the Old Testament
We did a couple of fun activities:
We found the apple mummification experiment fascinating. Well, my husband and I were fascinated. The kids were mildly interested and a little bit grossed out.
I took my older two to visit this museum that has thousands of artifacts from ancient Egypt. It was amazing. We really enjoyed seeing things we’d studied and walking through a replica of a rock cut tomb. And we saw some real mummies! Wow!
I wanted to do a whole lot more activities: hiding broken pottery in the sand and have the kids play archeologists, making Egyptian jewelry or face masks, making papyrus, and creating cartouches. But we didn’t. Next time we study Egypt, I’ll have to pull out these ideas and see what I can do with them.