Egypt Activities
  • Click on the steps of the social pyramid . Select one step from the social pyramid and create an imaginary person representing that step. Write several journal entries describing that person's style of living.

  • Write a series of obituaries — at least one for an imaginary person from each step on the social pyramid.

  • Debate an issue of importance to ancient Egyptian life. (Debating in typical Egyptian dress would be fun.) Should all citizens of Egypt have the right to be mummified regardless of the ability to pay? Should women be allowed to become scribes?

  • As a whole class, play Find the Pharaoh's Fragment game. Then, with a partner, select two other pharaohs or ancient Egyptian people found on the web site, print a copy of each, cut the pictures apart and mix them up. Trade with another student and see how quickly the pictures can be reassembled. Discuss who they were and why they are important in history.

  • Sketch a picture book depicting Egyptian mythological figures.

  • Create a colorful map depicting the journey Egyptians would take to reach "everlasting paradise."

  • Create a mythological Egyptian god. Illustrate and describe the unique powers this god will possess.

  • Write and perform a skit depicting how a mythological Egyptian god came into being.

  • Research how the sun was connected to ideas of birth and rebirth in the lives of ancient Egyptians. Present information to the class.

  • Under Religion everyday, read the story of creation . Then read at least one other story about the sun god, Ra. Make a list of the various forms the sun god, Ra, took.

  • Illustrate a book of fashions popular in ancient Egypt (men, women, and children from various social classes).

  • Create several journal entries that describe what daily living was like in ancient Egypt for a twelve-year-old person.

  • The scarab was very important to ancient Egyptians. Discover what this was and make a clay model of a scarab.

  • Design a board game that would be popular with ancient Egyptian children. Write playing instructions and use pictures from Odyssey.

  • Create a newspaper with articles and illustrations relevant to the people of ancient Egypt.

  • Compare and contrast the roles of males and females in ancient Egypt.

  • After reading "How were mummies made?," write a how-to manual to explain the ancient Egyptian art of embalming. This could be made into a Power Point presentation.

  • Write and perform a play depicting "A Journey to Eternity."

  • Make a model of a mummy and mummy case out of clay or papier-mache.

  • Write a poem describing how someone might feel when first viewing a pyramid.

  • Play the CT Scan game. Discuss how CT scans are useful today.

  • Write a letter to a classmate using hieroglyphs. See if your classmate can read your message.

  • Create a "word search" using hieroglyphs.

  • Write a how-to manual describing how to make papyrus.

  • Make paper and fashion a scroll. Write out a hieroglyphic message.

  • Find out what a cartouche is and make one.

  • Create a hieroglyphic alphabet chart. Include each letter of the alphabet and its corresponding symbol.

  • Write a play describing the discovery of King Tut's tomb.

  • You have just made an important archaeological discovery in Egypt. Write a story telling about your discovery. Illustrations are always helpful.

  • You are a reporter transported back in time. What are the questions you would ask Howard Carter upon his discovery of King Tut's tomb? What would Mr. Carter's answers be? Prepare a video presentation if desired.

Ancient Egypt Nubia Classroom Activities in PDF Format:

  Ram's Head Necklace

© Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and Dallas Museum of Art
For more information please contact
Last Update: