Posts Tagged ‘Ancient Egypt’

LEGO Ancient Egypt

Monday, March 30th, 2015

lego-ancient-egyptMy daughter constructed a LEGO Ancient Egypt, with the Nile River flowing over the hot sand overlooking a pyramid and the Sphinx. We used regular LEGO bricks, so anyone can do this.

You start with a LEGO base. Create the Nile River by collecting blue LEGOs and making the river flow from one end of the base to the other. Don’t forget to form the Nile River Delta on the north side of the base. A delta is a place where a river splits up into rivulets. You can place some palm trees along the river if you have them.

lego-egyptNext you will want to make a pyramid. We chose white LEGOs, building them up into a step-like pyramid. If you want to make three smaller pyramids, you could do that instead of making the larger one.

The Sphinx was made out of yellow LEGOs, with two thin yellow LEGOs as the legs. Two regular LEGOs form the body, with a half LEGO for the head. Simple.

lego-ancient-egypt-2Now pour sand over the whole thing, making sure to leave a little bit of green on either side of the Nile River, because the land next to the river is green compared to the desert further from the river.

If you look at the LEGO Ancient Egypt from the top, you will notice that it looks like a map. You can have your children draw a map of the scene for practice in map-making skills.

Here are some more Ancient Egypt Unit Study ideas:

Ancient Egyptian Feast (Hands-on History)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


As the culminating activity for our Ancient Egypt Unit Study, we had an Egyptian feast. We dressed up in our Egyptian tunics and ate foods from Egypt. (We bought all of these foods from a regular grocery store.) Here is a video describing what we ate:

  • cucumbers
  • fish
  • pork
  • onions
  • leeks
  • celery
  • green beans
  • radishes
  • watermelon
  • bread
  • dates
  • pomegranate

Take a look at how we prepared these foods for our Egyptian feast:


Embossing: Ancient Egypt Craft

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Embossing is harder than it looks. Of course, the copper sheeting from a craft supply store is probably much thinner than the stuff I ordered over the internet. First I used kitchen shears to cut the metal sheeting to the size I wanted, since it was in a roll. Then I taped the copper sheet to a piece of craft foam. You can use anything, even a stack of papers, to make it soft on the other side.


Then I used a ball-point pen to draw an Egyptian design onto the copper. I drew a large bird with wings, similar to many Egyptian necklaces. I chose the design because of the feathers, because I thought raised feathers would be a cool effect.


When I was finished drawing with a ball-point pen, I took the tape off and turned it over. I used the edge of the cap of the pen (attached to the pen) to press down on both sides of each line. Basically, you’re helping the embossing to be more pronounced. When I was finished, I took black paint and brushed it over the whole thing. I was expecting something spectacular, but it was ho-hum. In fact, none of the ink remained in the grooves. So that effect didn’t work at all. Maybe I used the wrong paint. The YouTube videos say to use black ink, but I don’t have any, and I don’t want to buy any because I have no use for it. Embossing equipment was also recommended in those videos. Given my negative experience, I have no desire to shell out money for something that is frustrating.


I recommend using a washed-out pie tin from the store for your first attempt at embossing. That way you will be more familiar with the process and decide whether it’s worth it to spend money on it. I found many how-to videos on YouTube, many of which spoke about making embossed metal into Christmas ornaments. That would be another idea to explore. Also, it seems like if you got an embossing kit from the craft store, it might be super easy to do after all. (The cap of the pen, for example, was way too fat to puff out the other side of the metal like I was trying to do.) But for now, I give the whole experience a thumbs down.

Update: We tried it again with an embossing craft kit, and we loved it! It was way better than this thicker copper sheeting. You can see our new embossed crafts here: Embossed Christmas Ornaments.

Ancient Egypt Ultimate Explorer

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

ancient-egypt-ultimate-explorerI picked this Ancient Egypt Ultimate Explorer kit up at a yard sale for $1. Inside there is a book, a king Tut poster, a game, a pop-up temple, a rolled-up panel to paint, and many other activities. I give the entire kit a thumbs up, because there are lots of fun things to do. (If you click on the picture with all the activities, you can see how detailed the pop-up temple is.) My children enjoyed playing the Senet game, which they saw in the video “The Ten Commandments.” The paper pieces fell over sometimes, which was irritating, so I would have preferred wooden pieces, which would have driven the price higher, I’m sure. One of my sons painted the panel from the Book of the Dead, the famous picture with the scale that weighs the heart against a feather. Coloring or painting something famous helps a child remember it, so that’s good, since it’s a part of history that my kids will always need to know.

ancient-egypt-ultimate-explorer-2Some of the activities look difficult to make, and I’m not going to bother. For example, you’re supposed to tear into tiny pieces some papers and make a papier mache mask. There are easier ways to make a mask, which I’ll show you on my website. I just remember papier mache being super messy and a lot of work, from when I made a battlefield for the Revolutionary War. Anyway, I’ll pass on that.

ancient-egypt-ultimate-explorer-4There were simple card stock pyramids to put together (which I might glue sandpaper to in order to give it a more authentic feel). There were also three rubber stamps. Since I already had a whole alphabet of hieroglyph rubber stamps, three cartouches were no big deal. But if you don’t have any stamps, these would probably be fun. On the back of the poster is a map of Egypt to color, more activities to do, and a recipe which I might use for our Egyptian feast that I plan to do at the end of my unit.