#TravelingThroughLearning – EGYPT Unit!

When most people think of Egypt, they think of colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. Linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, this country is rich with millennia-old monuments littering the fertile Nile River Valley, a archaeologist’s dream.

My sister visited Egypt a few years ago, and it’s been on a bucket list of mine for a few years – one day I hope to see it for myself.

I love to see what other parents and caregivers do for their little ones, so please post on Instagram (savybabyactivities) under #travelingthroughlearning and follow my feed, and I will feature my favorite activities at the end of the month. You can also share what you have done on this blog or PM me with Egypt-themed activities that you have done/and or blogged about and I’ll include links to them in this post once the unit is complete.

Geography:

  • Placemat & Flag of Egypt – This full color printable shows some interesting stats of the country as well as some pictures of major landmarks. I like to put it in a plastic sheet protector and use it as a placemat for meals. It is excellent to promote learning at the dinner table. This also includes a Egyptian flag to post as part of your unit.
  • Map Outline & Major Cities of Egypt – This outline map can be transferred to foam or felt and the city tags can be printed off and attached with map-pins, to help learn about the major cities.

Model of Landmark/Dwelling:

Mathematics:

  • Learn about the Egyptian Pound – Great hands-on activity to describe the monetary differences of coin currency and how they differ from your own countries (in our case, the United States).

Life Cycle: 

Montessori-Themed Indigenous Fauna Cards:

Worksheets:

  • TBD

Science Experiment:

  • Apple Mummies – Cut fresh apples to look like Egyptian busts and mummify them using a mixture of salt and baking soda.

Sensory Play:

  • TBD

The Arts:

  • Nature Painting – We made cutouts of two famous Egyptian rulers – King Tut and Queen Nefertiti, and took a nature walk to make them come alive with fall colors!

Practical Life Skills:

  • Make Ful Medames is a stew of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper and other vegetable, herb and spice ingredients. It is notably a staple food in Egypt, especially in the northern cities of Cairo and Gizah.

Fine Motor Skills:

Music:

  • TBD

Art Mannequin:

  • We dressed our art figurine in traditional ancient Egyptian apparel – We made the wig from doll hair sewn over a felt cap, the white robe is made of cotton fabric and the gold belt, headband and collar is made from cardstock paper painted gold. We glued a small faux snakehead to the headband and decorated all the pieces with little plastic gems – I think it turned out super cute, don’t you?

Influential Figure:

  • Our Influential Figure for this month is Cleopatra. She was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, and nominally survived as pharaoh by her son Caesarion. Cleopatra has a rich legacy in ancient and modern works of art. Roman historiography and Latin poetry produced a generally critical view of the queen that pervaded later Medieval and Renaissance literature. In the visual arts, her ancient depictions include Roman busts, paintings, and sculptures, cameo carvings and glass, Ptolemaic and Roman coinage, and reliefs. In Renaissance and Baroque art she was the subject of many works including operas, paintings, poetry, sculptures, and theatrical dramas. She has become a pop culture icon of Egyptomania since the Victorian era, and in modern times Cleopatra has appeared in the applied and fine arts, burlesque satire, Hollywood films, and brand images for commercial products.

Recommended Reading:

  • Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile – It’s a new school year, as William Everett Crocodile and his trusty friend and toothbrush, Pete, prepare for a class trip down the Nile. They’re ready for the mysterious Sphinx. They’re ready for mummies and pyramids. Their teacher, Ms. Ibis, has even promised them a glimpse of the priceless jewel called “the Sacred Eye of Isis.” But are Bill and Pete ready for the Bad Guy, up to his usual no-good tricks? Come along on this fast-paced and funny adventure with Bill and Pete, and find out.
  • The Colors of Ancient Egypt – The yellow belly of a toothy green crocodile. An orange reed boat on the blue Nile. The gold in Nefertiti’s headdress. These are just a few of the sweetly simple designs in this board book that will help little ones learn their colors while dipping a toe into the history and culture of ancient Egypt.
  • Look Inside Mummies and Pyramids – A lift-the-flap information book for young readers which explores life in Ancient Egypt, in particular the rituals that the Egyptian Pharaohs undertook in preparation for the afterlife: mummification and the construction of pyramids. Many children are fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians – their colossal pyramids, their somewhat gory methods of preserving their dead and their amazing, all-powerful gods. Children will love lifting the flaps and peeking beneath them to discover lots of fascination facts about mummies, pyramids and life in Ancient Egypt.

I love to see what other people have done for Egypt themed activities, so if you have something you think I need to add to this list, please DM me! 🙂

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