Ancient Egypt: Pyramids
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 pyramids. 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
Print & Make a Paper Pyramid
Print one of these, or print many! This is a simple cut and paste pyramid project that just about anyone can do!
Want to make your pyramid feel even more authentic? Cover the sides with sand using this method.
Perhaps you want to make three and create a model of the Pyramids at Giza!
If you want to make some of the pyramids shorter than the others, just trim a little bit off of the bottom edge. This is easiest to do BEFORE you glue the pyramid together and stand it up! Use a ruler to keep your lines straight and make sure that your pyramid will stand flat!
Print & Make a Paper Sphynx
This print out doesn’t come with an instruction page. It’s better for older kids who have developed fine motor skills and who have probably done some cut and paste models before.
Cut it out carefully. The tabs and spaces with dots are the place to apply glue. Assemble the largest piece, the body and legs of the Sphynx first. Then cut, fold and glue the neck piece. Do the face last. When all three pieces are dry, then carefully glue them together.
Working slowly and carefully will help your model to come out better. Don’t overdo the glue! Start with small amounts that will dry faster!
Play with hieroglyphics
A diorama is a miniature model of the real world. In some museums, dioramas take up whole rooms, showing what life was like in a particular place or time.
This week, make a diorama of an Egyptian tomb in a shoebox.
Watch the YouTube video to see how one kid did it.
You can download and print the cut and paste paper models to help create the interior items for your tomb, or, you can get creative with recylables around the house to make what you need. Here’s a sarcophagus to print and make as well.
Air drying clay or plasticene are also great tools for making models of small items you’d like to add to your tombs.
Don’t forget to paint the walls, use heiroglyphics and think about what your mummy might need for the afterlife!
Books About egyptian Pyramids
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.