This week, we're off to Egypt.
What is the fascination with Ancient Egypt? Is it the pyramids that have lasted for centuries? Or that they buried their dead with more wealth than we can imagine? Or is that they left detailed records in their hieroglyphs that have given us a glimpse into the past? Whatever it is, there's lots to learn and do when the theme is Ancient Egypt.
Some historians believe that the location was a major factor in the development of Ancient Egypt. They were relatively isolated by the desert and sea. They learned to plant crops in the rich, black soil of the Nile delta. Reliable crops fed Egyptians and gave them the time to develop their culture and even more importantly, their system of writing, hieroglyphics. Their writings have given us a detailed picture of their daily life, beliefs, and governance.
Ancient Egyptian religion has been described as the cult of the dead. Death was a time of testing. Anubis would weigh a person's heart. If it was lighter than a feather, they could enter the afterlife.
- Egyptians enjoyed board games. Many games have been found in tombs so that the spirits wouldn't be bored in the afterlife. Make your own Mancala game.
- Try to be an archeologist.
- Here's a game to try and figure out what's inside a mummy without damaging it.
Symbols from Ancient Egypt
When your decorating your projects, it's interesting to understand the meaning of Egyptian symbols.
|Scarab - protection from harm. It's a symbol of eternal life.
It's often pictured pushing the sun upwards into the sky. In this image,
the scarab in the center is surrounded by the winged sun disk represents the sun
|Eye of Horus - protection from sickness.
Lotus Flower - symbol of life, death and rebirth. The lotus flower opens during the day, closes at night and reopens in the morning.
Where to look for more info and ideas
Explorations 4 Kids - Ancient Egypt - links to lots of Egyptian topics.
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