Our current World History unit is on Ancient Egypt. Here’s what we’ve been doing.
I wrote Brady’s name in hieroglyphics and stuck it in his Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center so he could trace it
I also cut strips of parchment paper and rolled them into “papyrus” scrolls for him to practice other hieroglyphs on with a pencil
Any Egyptian table has to have eye makeup
Blocks to build pyramids
Paper with slits and strips to practice weaving
Clay and sequins for making/decorating pots/amulets/etc
Beads and pipe cleaners for jewelry making
A sensory bowl filled with semi-precious stones from his rock collection, marbles, and the pieces of a gold plastic miniature tea set so he could pretend to be a miner
And, of course, a cloth doll and fabric strips for mummification
And we’re mummifying a cornish game hen as well. First we got set up with a bowl of water, some oil, cinnamon, paper towels, ziploc bags, and lots and lots of salt.
The first step was giving Henry (as Brady dubbed him) a nice bath
Then we patted him dry
Rubbed him down with oil
Doused the poor guy with cinnamon (super blurry pic, sorry)
And filled and covered him with salt (and double bagged him for good measure
And now we wait 4-6 weeks, changing the salt out as it starts to look damp until we have a mummified chicken.
We’ve also been using the following books:
(our History units run Wednesday-Wednesday because that is our library day so I’ll be coming back to add some activities from this one)
*edited to add*
So far we’ve made an Egyptian boy’s kilt
a senet game
menat rhythm beads
and a sistrum
And made an Egyptian feast
all from this book. The directions are occasionally a bit lacking, but anything that’s missing can be easily googled (color, etc, the illustrations are in black and white) and the ideas are great. Highly recommended.
“Egyptian Mummies: People From the Past” by Delia Pemberton
“Peoples of the Past: The Ancient Egyptians, Life in the Nile Valley” by Viviane Koenig and Veronique Ageorges
“The New Book of Pharaohs”by Dr. Anne Millard
And that’s how I’ve been talking to my 4 year old about Ancient Egypt.
*I don’t use affiliate links, these are just things that we have found useful*