Ancient Egypt for Kids and Teachers - Daily Life, Religion, Government, Inventions, Achievements, and more, for grades 5-9, middle school Illustration

Ancient Egypt for Kids - Come meet the clever, creative ancient people who loved their life in the land of the Nile River!

Five thousand (5,000) years ago, the ancient Egyptian made their home at the mouth of the Nile River, where the Nile runs into the Mediterranean Sea. It was a wonderful place to live. The soil was rich. Food was plentiful. They were surrounded by desert, which helped to keep them safe from intruders, while the Nile kept their world green.

The ancient Egyptians believed in over 2,000 gods! They were not afraid of their gods, not most of them anyway. They understood they could not always get everything they prayed for. But, when their prayers were not answered, they might give the statue of a god in the temple a little whack with a reed to let the gods know they were quite disappointed.

The ancient Egyptians believed in curses and omens and magical powers, all of which were an important part of their daily life and religion. They bought spells in the marketplace to increase their luck, to change their fate, and to keep themselves safe.

They believed science and magic were intertwined. They would chant a magical spell they bought in the marketplace and swallow medicine they bought from a different vendor to solve the same problem. The thing is, this often solved their problem, although it was probably the medicine. When the ancient Greeks and then the Romans came to Egypt, they were amazed at how advanced the Egyptians were in the sciences, especially in astronomy, mathematics, and cures.

The ancient Egyptians also believed in an afterlife. A popular family outing was visiting the family tomb with armloads of grave goods they had made, things they might need in their afterlife to make their eternity comfortable and fun. The ancient Egyptians believed that after you died, your Ka, your spirit, flew off to enjoy endless, perfect days along a magical Nile River. At night, your Ba, your night spirit, returned to your tomb, because even mummies need a good night's sleep.

The ancient Egyptians were fascinating people, and thanks to the movies are often misunderstood. The ancient Egyptians were not in love with death. They were in love with life! They loved poetry and tall tales and stories. They shivered at curses and danced at festivals. They loved their kids. They loved their families. They loved their life along their beloved Nile River, crocodiles and all.

Come meet the clever, creative ancient Egyptians. We think you'll like them.

Geography, History, Government


The Nile River

Gifts of the Nile


Boats and Square Sails

Egyptology & Egyptologists

Two Lands, Unification,
King Menes

The Three Kingdoms

Rosette Stone



Crook & Flail

Government Officials

The Vizier

Law & Court in Ancient Egypt

Soldiers and the Military


Trade and Economy

Grain Banks, Barter, Metal Weights, Bread & Beer - Paying for Goods

The Marketplace

Egyptian Math



The Many Uses of Papyrus & Making Paper

Time Keeping and Shadow Clocks

Egyptian Calendar

Ancient Egypt Maps

Ancient Egypt Timelines

The Neighbors: Kush and Nubia

Stories & Myths

Ancient Egyptian Tall Tales & Curses

The Red Slippers - an Ancient Egyptian Cinderella story (retold by Lin Donn)

Free Speech - Poor Poor Soldier

Creation Stories

Isis and Osiris (retold by Lin Donn)

More Myths

More Stories

Interactive Games, Clips, Artifacts, Vocabulary & More

Note: Flash games have been removed. If we missed some, please let us know. Thank you.

Interactive Games, Activities

Vocabulary for Ancient Egypt - Games and interactives

Ancient Egypt Jeopardy Games

Egyptian Fun Trivia

Investigate Real Life Artifacts

Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

For Teachers

Activities and Projects for Ancient Egypt

Lesson Plans and Units for Ancient Egypt

Video clips, Cartoons, Documentaries about Ancient Egypt

Free Ancient Egypt Presentations in PowerPoint format

Games: Interactive online for Kids to learn more about Ancient Egypt

Vocabulary for Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt Clipart

Ancient Egypt Craft Ideas  

Quiz Questions, Egypt Bingo

Daily Life

Daily Life

Women could run a business

Children were cherished

Marriage and Divorce




Hair Styles

Kohl & Makeup

Jewelry and Perfume

Food - no one went hungry

Table Manners


House of Life

House of Books

Professions, Occupations
& Jobs


Medicine and Doctors

Craftsmen and Merchants

Farming and Farmers

Social Classes

Dreams & Oracles




The Ankh - Key of Life

Ancient Egyptian Art

Sports & Pastimes

Music & Dance


My Daily Life in Ancient Egypt - An Original Story written by a former student of ours (now a teacher!) when she was in Mr. Donn's 6th grade classroom.


Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt



Many Religious and Joyous Festivals


Book of the Dead

Bark and Bark Shrines

Preparing for the Afterlife

Weighing of the Heart

Grave Goods

Canopic Jars (also spelled Canpic)

Sequence Chain: Mummification

Make a Mummy interactive

Sequence Chain: Funerals


The Sphinx

The Ba and the Ka



King Tut's Tomb

Howard Carter

Grave Robbers

The Mummy's Curse





Scarab Beetles 

Animals - Wild & Domestic

Ask Mr. Donn

Interactive Quizzes with Questions and Answers about the Ancient Egyptians



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Mr. Donn and Maxie's Ancient History PowerPoints Series
Written by Lin & Don Donn,
illustrated by Phillip Martin, Published by Good Year Books

Mr. Donn and Maxie's Always Something You Can Use Series
Written by Lin & Don Donn, Published by Good Year Books