Recently, our coop ventured to downtown Nashville to see a traveling Egyptian relics exhibit, which were a mixture of authentic artifacts and replicas from King Tut’s tomb at the Tennessee State Museum.
Here are some ideas for studying Ancient Egypt in a fun, hands-on way…
- use the Safari Ltd Ancient Egypt toob to make a sensory bin
- make a Pyramid and study how the Egyptians made the Pyramids
- make papyrus paper
- mummify an apple or a chicken, or wrap a doll in extra cloths to simulate the process of mummification.
- print and discuss these Egyptian word wall cards. (free download if you scroll down)
- make a cartouche, and learn how to write your name in heiroglypics.
Here’s a link to an Ancient Egypt unit study, or you can use Evan Moor’s History Pockets to learn more! (These activities are for elementary kids,and not necessarily primary children; however the History Pockets are a great way to make learning fun and interactive.)
While we were at the museum, we also had a tour guide for the civil war part of the museum. He was dressed in traditional clothing for the union army, and explained how Tennessee was divided between being a Union state and a Confederate state. He also explained that the biggest killer during this time was the diseases caused by bacteria from unsterilized medical instruments.
We haven’t covered anything about the civil war yet, and probably won’t for a while, but it was educational, and Aikman got a big kick out of trying to be a soldier during this time. One of the activities that the kids got to experience was how to pack like a soldier. The guides explained the needs of a soldier, and then the kids picked their supplies for their soldier sack. Aikman chose to grab a toothbrush, fork, pencils, and a deck of cards…. hmmm, no food; I don’t think he would have survived very long with that slim of a bag! His buddy, Katie, did manage to grab a pot and drinking cup, though!
We will be attending some civil war activities later in the year, so I’ll be adding some informative links to those later field trip posts.
Note: Some of the links above are linked to my Amazon affiliate store, in particular the History Pocket book and Safari Ltd toob.