Celebrate King Tut Day with 10 Fun Ancient Egypt Crafts for kids – Mummies, pyramids, Pharoah’s headgear, jewelry, Hieroglyphics, and more!
On November 4th, people all around the world remember when a team of archeologists led by Howard Carter found the entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in 1922. Ever since that day, November 4th has been known as King Tut Day, where a tomb filled with thousands of years of mystery was finally opened.
But before that,
When did ancient Egypt begin and end?
The dynastic period started with the reign of Egypt’s first king, Narmer, in approximately 3100 BCE, and ended with the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE. During this long period, there were times of strong centralized rule, and periods of much weaker, divided rule, but basically, Egypt remained one, independent land.
Who is King Tut in ancient Egypt?
King Tutankhamun (or Tutankhamen) ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at age 19, around 1324 B.C.
Why is King Tut so famous?
The reason that Tutankhamun is so well known today is that his tomb, containing fabulous treasures, was found early this century (1922) by British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. His tomb lay undisturbed for almost 3 thousand years. One of the most special parts of King Tut’s tomb was just how untouched it was — even footprints made by the tomb’s builders were still there! So when archaeologists got inside, they found every item King Tut had been buried with (5,398 items, to be exact) still there with the Boy King.
The most important and impressive find was King Tut himself, in his solid gold coffin that sat within two other outer coffins, but there was also lots of jewelry, a chariot, bow and arrow, food, and even underwear!
There is something especially alluring about the study of Ancient Egypt. The grandness of the Pyramids. The Mysteriousness of such a wise and interesting civilization. Mummies. Tomb hunting. Pharaohs. If you are looking to study Ancient Egypt, here is a collection of resources to reference. This is a part of our World Culture Craft Series
10 Ancient Egypt Crafts for kids
Ancient Egyptians made their own paper—and you can, too! Then write a message in hieroglyphics or create a treasure map for more fun with your friends. hands-on, fun way to teach kids how the ancient Egyptians made papyrus paper. This lesson explores how ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make paper and food, boats, perfumes, and a variety of items. The Drawing above is of The Egyptian God, Horus, who took the form of a falcon. He was the perfect symbol for the Egyptian god of the sky, light, and goodness who soared above and protected the land of the Pharaohs. Find out about the lives of the Ancient Egyptian Gods and what they looked like.
Build a Pyramid. Building your own pyramid is a must-do in any study of Ancient Egypt and the perfect companion to Ancient History Study. Your options for building one are nearly endless. Basically, if you can build with it, you can make a pyramid with it. Use this as an opportunity to study Egyptian pyramids, temples, and obelisks, all architectural marvels, even today.
– Create your own sarcophagus with a mummy inside! This is an ideal class project to accompany lessons on Ancient Egypt to help children understand how the Egyptians viewed the afterlife.
-This is a 3-page printable that your child can paint or color, cut out, and glue it together
When archeologists first studied Egyptian hieroglyphics they thought that each symbol represented a word. However, it turns out that this form of writing is more complex than that. A symbol can represent a word, a sound, a syllable, or a concept. Hieroglyphs as a form of communication, record keeping, and as a means for preserving and passing down history. Check out the very informative post by Ducksters.com
A cartouche was the way that the names of Egyptian Kings and Queens were represented. Oval in shape with a line at the bottom their name was then engraved in the oval using hieroglyphics. Rainy Day Mum shows how to create our own using air drying clay or salt dough to make a cartouche of your name.
A history project for kids to make whilst learning about writing in Ancient Egypt. Create their own cartouches with hieroglyphics.
Make a necklace of the pharaoh, Fit for an Egyptian king, or perhaps an Egyptian queen? Study about some of ancient Egypt’s great queens like Nefertiti, Tiy, and Nefertari while doing this craft. Learn about what made these women powerful as well as how they impacted and influenced the lives of the common people by being held in such high regard by their husbands, the pharaohs.
Here are some fun and FREE printable Ancient Egyptian themed Coloring Pages for Toddlers and Preschoolers to color. These are lots of fun while exploring an Ancient Egypt unit or before/after a field trip to a history museum.
– Scarab beetles were sacred to the Ancient Egyptians as this symbol represented regeneration and the cycle of life. The scarab holding the sun was a popular motif on Egyptian charms, jewelry, and other artifacts. Make your own colorful decorated box with a 3D scarab beetle and a printed border design.
Egyptian Cat Mummies are excellent history lesson crafts and a fascinating study of the burial practices of the ancient Egyptians. Cultural crafts like this Egyptian artwork are a great way to teach kids about global cultures and ancient world history.
Check out some video documentaries about ancient Egyptian Pharaoh kings and queens, pyramid building, and Tutankhamun’s treasures.
Ancient Egypt Facts for Kids | Classroom History Video by Homeschool Pop
Kids will learn what civilization is as well as facts about the Nile River, pyramids, mummies, and pharaohs in this humorous video.
Ancient Egypt 101 by National Geographic
This National Geographic video covers lots of information about Egyptian civilization including its organization, leaders, discoveries, and accomplishments.
Live a Day in the Life of King Tut | National Geographic
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