Explore Ancient Egypt!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

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Pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs— Explore Ancient Egypt! brings this fascinating civilization to readers ages 6–9 with 25 hands-on projects, activities, and games. Kids learn about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, toys, games, makeup, clothes, kings, mummies, and more. Projects are easy to follow and require primarily common household products and very little adult supervision.

Activities range from making a scarab necklace to writing in ancient Egyptian ...

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Pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs— Explore Ancient Egypt! brings this fascinating civilization to readers ages 6–9 with 25 hands-on projects, activities, and games. Kids learn about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, toys, games, makeup, clothes, kings, mummies, and more. Projects are easy to follow and require primarily common household products and very little adult supervision.

Activities range from making a scarab necklace to writing in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and making King Tut sandals. By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore Ancient Egypt! in this accessible introduction to an incredible, ancient world.

This title meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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School Library Journal
"Six chapters with colorful titles begin with facts about the topic under several subheadings… the step-by-step directions are well written, and easy to follow..the activities are creative. The book is illustrated with humorous (but not realistic) black and white cartoon art …. It will be of interest to children and their teachers as well as homeschooling families."

Family Fun Magazine
"Drawn in by such projects as mummified apples, hieroglyphs, colorful collar necklaces, and false beards made from toilet paper tubes, our tester families thought this book held nearly as much treasure as King Tut’s tomb. Simple black-and-white drawings illustrate the 25 activities, as well as the somewhat corny jokes and unusual facts scattered throughout."

Calliope Magazine
"Explore Ancient Egypt! will certainly intrigue readers and have them eagerly turning the pages to check out the next activity. The sidebars with information make excellent complements."

School Library Journal
Six chapters with colorful titles begin with facts about the topic under several subheadings . . . the step-by-step directions are well written, and easy to follow.
Family Fun Magazine
Drawn in by such projects as mummified apples, hieroglyphs, colorful collar necklaces, and false beards made from toilet paper tubes, our tester families thought this book held nearly as much treasure as King Tut's tomb.
Calliope Magazine
Will certainly intrigue readers and have them eagerly turning the pages to check out the next activity. The sidebars with information make excellent complements.
Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Graphically appealing and filled with both familiar and little-known facts about Ancient Egypt, this activity book does many things well. The introduction provides parallels between today's youth and boys and girls living in ancient Egypt from 3100 BCE to 639 CE. (The terms BCE and CE are explained in one of many "words to know" sidebars throughout the book). Twenty-five craft projects, games, experiments, and activities are spread throughout the six chapters entitled "Egyptian Homes," "Beer, Bread and Bartering," "Playtime," "Amulets, Clothes and Makeup," King Tut and Other Cool Kings," and "Mummies and Pyramids." Some of the writing projects include creating a home remedy book and writing your name using the hieroglyphic alphabet. Readers can explore mummification through an experiment using apples and various types of preservation methods. Clever jokes and then and now parallels are interspersed throughout the highly informative and well-paced book. A two-page glossary, a resources pages, and a well-developed index complete the book. Part of the "Explore Your World" series, the book's activities would be useful adjuncts to elementary Ancient Egypt history lessons and summer camp crafts projects. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal

Gr 1-5- Six chapters with colorful titles ("Beer, Bread, & Bartering" and "King Tut & Other Cool Kings") begin with facts about the topic under several subheadings. Short lists of "Words 2 Know," "Then & Now" comparisons, sidebars, and jokes appear throughout the sections. A few activities follow. For the most part, the step-by-step directions are well written and easy to follow, and they are accompanied by a helpful drawing or two. The information is basic and will not give new insights into ancient Egypt, but the facts are accurate and some of the activities are creative. The book is illustrated with humorous (but not realistic) black-and-white cartoon art. Though not an essential title, it will be of interest to children and their teachers as well as homeschooling families.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979226830
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Explore Your World series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 728,382
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Carmella Van Vleet is the author of several books for Nomad Press including Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Explore Ancient Egypt!, Seven Wonders of the World, and Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself. Her work has been featured in Highlights, Parenting, and Scholastic Instructor. Carmella lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Alex Kim is a Cartoonist and Illustrator currently living and working Vermont. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY.

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