Ancient Egypt for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Ancient Egypt for Kids

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 worked very hard, but saved time to enjoy family, friends, music, parties, swimming, fishing, hunting, sailing, and especially their children, all of which were very important to the ancient Egyptians. This ancient culture was not based on fear. It was based on kindness.

The ancient Egyptian believed that their life on earth was just the beginning. After they died, the next step in their journey would be to magically travel to their perfect afterlife, where they would live forever. There was a catch, though. To reach their afterlife, the ancient Egyptians believed they had to do many good deeds while they were alive to keep their heart light. What happened to them if their hearts were not light when they died? Oh dear - find out here

The ancient Egyptians had over 2,000 gods they believed would help them with their life and help them reach their afterlife. Most ancient Egyptian gods had animal heads or green bodies or something that set them apart from people. You might think the ancient Egyptian people would be afraid of these very scary looking gods. They were not afraid at all, at least, not of most of them anyway. They prayed to statues of their gods in their temples, and made wishes for things they wanted. If their prayers were not answered, they might give the statue a little whack with a reed to let the gods know they were quite disappointed, but they understood that you could not always get everything you asked for.

Which all goes to explain why a popular family outing was visiting the family tomb with armloads of grave goods the family had made, things they might need in their afterlife to make their eternity comfortable and fun. They made little statues of people out of clay, each about 3-8 inches tall. They believed these little statues would come alive in their afterlife, and run around and do all the chores, leaving them free to enjoy themselves. As all ancient Egyptians knew, after you died, your Ka, your spirit, flew off to enjoy endless, perfect days along a magical Nile. At night, your Ba, your night spirit, returned to your tomb, because even mummies need a good night's sleep. The ancient Egyptians were, after all, very practical in their way.  

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 kept them safe from intruders, but the Nile kept their world green. They did their best to chase away other ancient people who wanted to take over their land. They were not afraid to fight intruders to protect their unique life along the Nile.

Come meet the clever, creative, ancient Egyptians, and enter a world of free speech, tall tales, and many kinds of magic.

Geography, History, Government

Geography

The Nile River

Gifts of the Nile

Boats and Square Sails

Egyptology & Egyptologists

Two Lands, Unification,
King Menes

The Three Kingdoms

Hieroglyphics,
Rosette Stone

Obelisks

Pharaohs

Crook & Flail

Government Officials

The Vizier

Law & Court in Ancient Egypt

Soldiers

Trade and Economy

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

Egyptian Math

Inventions & Achievements

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

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

Freedom of Speech - Poor Soldier

Creation Stories

Isis and Osiris (retold by Lin Donn)

More Myths

More Stories

Games for Kids, Video Clips, Artifacts, More

Interactive Games, Activities

Ancient Egypt Jeopardy Games

Interactive Quiz about Ancient Egypt (with answers)

Investigate Real Life Artifacts

Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

Animals

Cats

Snakes

Crocodiles

Scarab Beetles 

Animals - Wild & Domestic

School Sites

Learn more about ancient Egypt using online sites from several different schools 

Take the Quiz (unit review, interactive, with answers)  

Daily Life

Daily Life

Women in Ancient Egypt

Children

Homes

Furniture

Clothing

Hair Styles

Kohl & Makeup

Jewelry

Food

Table Manners

Education

Scribes

House of Life

House of Books

Professions, Occupations
& Jobs

Farming in Ancient Egypt

Craftsmen

Ancient Egyptian Art

Sports & Pastimes

Music & Dance

Slaves

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.

Religion

Meet the Many Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Myths

Priests

Many Religious and Joyous Festivals

Temples

Dreams & Oracles

Bark and Bark Shrines

Preparing for the Afterlife

Weighing of the Heart

Grave Goods

Book of the Dead

Canopic Jars (also spelled Canpic)

Sequence Chain: Mummification

Make a Mummy interactive

Sequence Chain: Funerals

Cartouche

The Sphinx

The Ba and the Ka

Pyramids

Tombs

King Tut's Tomb

Howard Carter

Grave Robbers

The Mummy's Curse and Other Curses

Amulets

The Ankh - Key of Life

Magic and Superstitions

For Teachers

Activities and Projects for Ancient Egypt

Lesson Plans and Units for Ancient Egypt

Videoclips, Cartoons, Documentaries about Ancient Egypt

Free Ancient Egypt Presentations in PowerPoint format

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

Ancient Egypt Clipart

Ancient Egypt Craft Ideas