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Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating places to study. And it’s well-studied, so that means there are tons of resources out there to choose from! From mummies to pyramids, Ancient Egypt has kings, treasure and treasure hunting, ancient languages and booby traps — perfect for exploring with your kids.
I love using living books to study history. And the backdrop of Ancient Egypt lends itself to some great stories. The story of Ancient Egypt is intertwined with so many other cultural, mythological and religious stories, that even books that aren’t specifically for Ancient Egypt will often give you a picture of what life was like for the average Egyptian way back then.
Picture books offer an easy-access way for even young children to be able to study history. For Ancient Egypt, here are a few of our favorites:
- Pepi and the Secret Names by Jill Paton Walsh & Fiona French
- Tutankhamen’s Gift by Robert Sabuda
- Adventures in Ancient Egypt by Linda Bailey
- Step inside Ancient Egypt
Read-aloud or Chapter Books:
Ancient Egyptian history creates a magical backdrop for many stories. It’s familiar yet exotic, and the historical fiction set in this time period can be exciting. Try these read-alouds with your kids — or let them read them for themselves!
- Maia of Thebes by Ann Turner
- The Cat of Bubastes, A Tale of Ancient Egypt by GA Henty
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- Sword of Egypt by Bert Williams
- The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
For non-fiction & informative reading:
Aside from my favorite series (DK Eyewitness, and the “You Wouldn’t Want to be… ” series), Ancient Egypt is a popular topic. There are lots to choose from. Here are a few you may not know — including some that talk about other cultures that were around at the time of Ancient Egypt!
- Life in Ancient Egypt by Paul Challen
- Ancient Egyptians and their Neighbors by Marian Broida
- DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt by George Hart
- You Wouldn’t Want to be an Egyptian Mummy by David Stewart
- You Wouldn’t Want to be Cursed by King Tut by Jacqueline Morley
- Wonders and Miracles by Eric A Kimmel
- Step into Ancient Egypt by Philip Steele
- You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pyramid Builder by Jacqueline Morley
While there are a lot of dry, dusty documentaries on Ancient Egypt, I personally prefer videos that provide a little drama, while still giving you some of the history.
Activities you can do:
These lapbooks from Currclick make great presentations for all your learning in Ancient Egypt.
- Ancient Egypt by Hands of a Child
- Exploring Ancient Egypt Lapbook by A Journey Through Learning
- Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt Booklet by Knowledge Box Central
- Egyptian Art and Architecture Unit Study by Homeschool Learning Network
- Egypt: Exploring Ancient Civilizations by Lorenz Educational Press
Here are some interactive websites that will help you and your kids learn more about Ancient Egypt:
- The Geography of Egypt
- Exploring Africa
- Neferchichi’s Tomb
- Mr. Donn’s Ancient Egypt
- National Geographic: Ancient Egypt for Kids
- The British Museum: Ancient Egypt (Great images of real artifacts!)
Plus don’t forget to go to a museum and see Ancient Egyptian artifacts for yourselves!
What’s your favorite way to study history? Do you prefer to watch it, read
about it, or get hands-on?
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