Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete. 

There are two videos to choose from about Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

Now choose an Activity

Write your name in Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics were the writing system of the ancient Egyptians. Instead of letters, they used pictures. It took archeologists a very long time to crack the code!

Read more about hieroglyphics and then try doing some writing! Use the letter key to help you replace the letters you can already write with pictures.

Start with your name inside a cartouche. Maybe next you want to use hieroglyphs to write to your friends in a secret code!


Make a Clay Cartouche

Use some air drying clay to create a cartouche of your name, or your friend’s name. These make fun gifts! OR, inscribe a secret message in the clay! Click here for the simple instructions from Unlikely Homeschool’s website.

If you don’t have clay, you could use a small oval of cardboard that you paint and let dry first, then carefully draw your heiroglyphs on with a marker.

Play with hieroglyphics

Did you know that there are hieroglyphic typewriters? I bet the Ancient Egyptians wish they had those!

Here’s an interactive lesson about hieroglyphs to start with.

Play around with these puzzle games and the hieroglyphic typewriter to learn more about hieroglyphics and write messages of your own.

Here’s one more link to a whole bunch of online games that are free to learn more about Ancient Egypt.

Books About egyptian Hieroglyphs

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

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