Make Your Own Berry Ink

Make Your Own Berry Ink

The ancient Egyptians used brightly colored minerals to make ink, but you can use blackberries to make homemade ink to use on your papyrus.
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Uncovering Your Family History

Uncovering Your Family History

From Tools of the Ancient Romans

Like the stories surrounding the beginnings of Rome, most families have stories that have been passed down from generation to generation that may or may not be completely true.

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Write a Letter in Greek

Write a Letter in Greek

From Tools of the Ancient Greeks

Using the chart, write a letter to a friend. Because the symbols are so different from the letters of the English alphabet, it’s almost like writing in code. In some cases the sound of a word is more important than its English spelling. For instance, you’ll notice that the Greek alphabet doesn’t have an F. So if you want to write the word fantastic, you’ll need to use Φ to begin the word.

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Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

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Peach Blossom Scroll

Peach Blossom Scroll

From Explore Ancient Chinese Myths!

In the seventeenth century, an artist painted the fable The Peach Blossom Spring on a long piece of silk called a handscroll. Handscrolls are viewed from right to left. Design your own handscroll based on the fable.

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Reviews

Curriculum Connections
“After reading about ancient Egyptian life and civilization, students can extend their learning experience by making papyrus, date candy, an amulet, or other easy-to-replicate projects. An appealing balance of clearly presented information and alluring activities, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself is a ready-made resource for classroom pursuits and presentations.”

School Library Journal
“The ideas will be useful for school projects or individual crafting fun. This title will be a useful and popular addition to any collection . . .”

School Arts Magazine
“This truly fascinating book makes connections to history, math, and science while focusing mainly on the art and culture of ancient Egypt.”

Children's Literature
“A wealth of interesting information and clever hands-on projects . . . Many of the projects could help teachers fulfill curriculum objectives.”

Detailed Book Description

From reed boats, papyrus, and amulets, to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians through more than 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers today a chance to experience how the ancient Egyptians lived, cooked, worked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors through building projects that use common household supplies.

Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project are combined with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia for the real-life models of each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Egypt.

Available In:
Paperback, $15.95
9780977129454
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Map of Ancient Egypt

Introduction
The Foundations of Ancient Egypt

Boats
Farming
Papyrus
Homes
Bread
Games
Tunics & Fashion
Jewelry
Amulets
Kohl & Perfume
Royal Crook & Flail
Pyramids
Temples
Mummies
Hieroglyphs

Glossary
Resources
Index