August 6, 2013

Ancient Egypt Crafts Part 2

I'm giving up on Tuesday videos until I get my camera situation all squared away, but we wrapped up Egypt last week and I have part 2 of my Ancient Egyptian craft ideas ready for you on a little slide show again this week.  If you missed part 1, you can find those activities here.  Tomorrow, I'll post a link to my free Egypt printables and have a wrap up of all of our unit resources, but for today, let's focus on the last of the hands on Egyptian crafts.  Below is a description and links to the project pages where one exists.  

Building a Shaduf:  A shaduf is an Egyptian simple machine used for moving water from the Nile into their irrigation canals.  We did this project 6 years ago when we very first studied ancient Egypt, and in the picture Haven is in a diaper, barely standing on his own.  Ahhh...memories!  Anyway, this project is all over the internet.  We didn't use a tutorial because we've done it all before, but you can find one that suits you fairly easily by just googling "build a shaduf."  The kids left ours up and run out and play with it every single afternoon, moving water from our irrigation canal into a bucket or a cat bowl.  It's so simple, but they love it!

Photo Pharaoh Portraits:  This is my favorite project we've done and I'm already trying to figure out how we can use simple photographs of the kids for more like this.  They LOVE seeing their faces perfectly hiding in their artwork.  I got the idea here on Mary Making, and what an idea it was!  We had a bit of fun at the kids' expense, deciding what kind of pharaohs they were based on their picture.  Hannah Jane was a generally benevolent pharaoh, Hunter looked like a snobby pharaoh who spent his days being pampered, and Haven looked like the spoiled kid who became pharaoh too young and made all of the slaves carve him toys.  Ha!  

Scarab Beetles:  I made a printable (which will be included in tomorrow's packet) where the boys could trace the cursive words for a little bit about scarab beetles and one with blank lines for Hannah Jane to write her own.  Then in the top, they used this picture of a scarab beetle for their guide for making a colorful wing span on which to mount their clay beetles.  Then they made oven bake clay beetles using these pictures as a guide.  

Sphynx Carving:  We had a failed attempt at soap carving.  Man!  This was frustrating enough that the boys both cried and were allowed to walk away without finishing.  Who knew carving a bar of soap would be so traumatic for them?  Anyway, if you have kids that aren't horrified by their own ugly soap carvings, this could be for you.  In the past, we carved little Inca idols and the kids rather enjoyed it.  But this time, no go!

Mummified Apples:  We did a little experiment with Natron recipes.  Natron is what the Egyptians used to dry out the body and organs before the wrapping and encasing.  It was a precise combination of what amounts to different types of salt and baking soda.  This project is also all over the internet, but a nice step by step explanation and outline can be found here.  We each chose a unique ratio of baking soda to table salt to epsom salt and buried out apple slice in a cup of it.  We placed them in the dark guest room and after a week, checked on them to see which was the most well preserved.  Pretty fun!

Pyramid to Scale:  I found this fun little printable at the site of the Boise Art Museum.  It shows how your model of the Great Pyramid measures in relation to a variety of well known tall landmarks (and the Idaho state capitol because it's Boise and they all know what that looks like).  I had the kids make the model and then fold a piece of card stock in half, gluing the other landmarks to the back and taping their model pyramid to the bottom such that it can be popped out on the bottom.  They colored the bottom like sand and added a Nile River.  We glued the folded card stock onto another piece of paper that could be hole punched and  popped it into their notebooks.  

Puppet Show:  I wrote a little play for the kids about Moses, Aaron, and the Pharaoh.  This was a fun little play with all of the plagues and the kids had a blast performing it.  The narrator only read quotes from the Bible, but the characters got a little goofy and irreverent.  Haven quoted the play all week.  I posted a little tutorial on making felt puppets here.    

Now we're on to Sumeria and Babylon and there are far fewer established projects for this time period, so I'm having to mostly go it alone.  But never fear.  We'll have some fun activities to share by the time we're done!

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