Ancient Egyptian Daily Life for the Rich and the Poor Illustration

Ancient Egypt for Kids
Daily Life

What is the Calendar of Lucky and Unlucky Days? Answer: An ancient Egyptian horoscope. In ancient Egypt, keeping their eye on their future was an important part of daily life.

Religion played an enormous role in their daily lives. The ancient Egyptians believed in over 2,000 gods. They believed in magic and in spells. They believed they received messages from the gods in their dreams and consulted with dream interpreters to discover what their dream meant. Today, you might check your horoscope, your future, online or in a newspaper. In ancient times, people consulted The Calendar of Lucky and Unlucky days. If they saw their future had an unlucky day, they headed to the marketplace to buy a spell to change their fate. They believed they had to do many good deeds in their life to assure themselves a place in the netherland, their afterlife. It was all part of their religion.

Everyone had a job in ancient Egypt. Most ancient Egyptians worked very hard, but they left time each day for play and to spend time with their families.

Family life was important. Children were the heart of the family. If a couple could not have a child, they adopted a child. Children were taught to be kind and honest, to respect their parents, to help with the family business, and to care for the elder members of their family.

Everyone ate well in ancient Egypt. Everyone bathed daily; the rich bathed in soaking tubs with scented soap and the poor bathed in the Nile. All Egyptians were very clean. Ancient Egyptians had their own homes. They had comfortable furniture.

In the movies, you often see the ancient Egyptian civilization presented as a dark and spooky place. The people seem to be in love with death. But the ancient Egyptians were not like that at all. They loved color. And they loved life. They enjoyed poetry and art and music. They held parties. They loved making grave goods to place in their family tomb. They wore colorful jewerly and flowery perfume.  

What was life like for the ancient Egyptians?

What did ancient Egyptians look like (video, animated)

Homes in Ancient Egypt


Jewelry and Perfume

Hair Styles

Makeup, Kohl - Men, Women, Children


Food in Ancient Egypt

Table Manners in Ancient Egypt

Women in Ancient Egypt

Children in Ancient Egypt


Occupations, Professions, Jobs

Music & Dance

Sports and Pastimes


Farmers: Compare a farmer's life to a nobleman's life in Ancient Egypt


Ancient Egyptian Religion - Gods and Goddesses

Magic and Spells

Egypt Life (story and game)

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

A Day in the Life

These are questions we created about Ancient Egypt that we believe you might find on a homework assignment, a unit quiz or an exam. Test yourself. See if you remember the answer (or guess the answer), then click the "Show Answer" button under each question to see if you are right! Ancient Egypt Daily Life