The projects offered below are designed for elementary-school teachers and home schoolers. They introduce important elements of Ancient Egyptian culture, while allowing students to imagine what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt.

Making Necklaces and a Bead Collar
(PDF, 1 page)
The Egyptians used brightly coloured jewelery and other accessories to cheer up their plain, white linen clothing.

Instructions include a list of materials, templatse and authentic Ancient Egyptian color schemes.

Making a Lotus Bud and Flower Border
(PDF, 4 pages)
Flowers were loved by Ancient Egyptians for their colors, shapes, and above all, their perfume.

Projects include several flower borders that students can color and put up around their classrooms as an Ancient Egyptian decorative frieze.

Making Your Own Scribe's Equipment
(PDF, 4 pages)
Scribes were important recorders of many activities in Ancient Egyptian life, government, culture and business.

Includes instructions for creating a scribe's palette, bag and pen case. Once created, students can decorate their equipment with colorful Egyptian graphics and hieroglyphs. Pair this project with "Egyptian Hieroglyphs" below to help students fully understand what scribes wrote with their equipment.

Making an Egyptian Jeweled Collar
(PDF, 1 page)
Beautiful, multicolored collars were popular among men and women of Ancient Egypt.

This project starts with a paper plate, crayons and string, and results in a beautiful decorative collar that students can wear proudly.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
(PDF, 2 pages)
The Ancient Egyptian written language is made up of pictures representing real-life objects, like cows, people and birds. Grouped with additional symbols, they can form complex ideas.

This PDF contains a series of brief exercises that help familiarize students with how hieroglyphs work and the kinds of things they can communicate. This PDF can be paired with the "Making Your Own Scribe's Equipment" PDF above.

Egyptian Numerals
(PDF, 2 pages)
As wealth accumulated and people like the king had possessions to count, those responsible for counting them could draw the picture, and then put a tally of numbers next to it.

Introduce your students to how Egyptians counted their possessions with a few simple numeric exercises in this PDF.

 

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