#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:

  • Build a sarcophagus out of cardboard and wrap yourself up with toilet paper to become a real-life mummy!

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-Inspired Egyptian Mau Life Cycle, Parts of & Early Lettering Study – this FREE learning pack helps your little ones learn about this beautiful cat, once worshiped in ancient Egypt.

Montessori-Themed Indigenous Fauna Cards:

  • Montessori-Inspired 3-Part Matching Cards: Egyptian Fauna – we made matching cards for the items found in the Ancient Egyptian TOOB by Safari Ltd. Pair with sand play-dough and you have a super-fun sensory archaeological dig!

Worksheets:

  • TBD

Science Experiment:

  • 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:

  • TBD

Fine Motor Skills:

  • TBD

Gross Motor Skills:

  • TBD

Music:

  • TBD

Art Mannequin:

  • We plan to dress our art figurine in traditional ancient Egyptian apparel.

Influential Figure:

  • Our Influential Figure for this month is Cleopatra.

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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