Egypt- Part 1

Our geography studies have been overlapping our history studies.  We just finished up looking at Egypt, though we will have more to learn while we continue to study ancient history.

We played a couple of Egyptian games from here (scroll down to Egyptians, there are lots of great resources on this site).  I found these on someone’s blog but can’t find the link.  The first one is called Seega.  You start with the x’s lined up on one side and the o’s lined up on the other.  You can move your pieces in any direction but you can’t jump another piece.  The first one to have their pieces lined up (in any other location but the starting line) wins.

Seega- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool Seega- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool
The next one was Mehen.  The idea is to move your pieces to the centre and back again before your opponent’s lion can eat them.

Mehen- Ancient Egyptian Game ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We built a pyramid out of sugar cubes.  We used two boxes of 100 each.  Since they were over four dollars a box and I thought $8 was enough to spend on this project we had to come up with a way of stretching them.  We built our bottom layer of an 8x8 square of cubes.  The next layer of 7x7 we just outlined.  Then we filled in the empty space with cheap white flour (the kind I keep on hand for making playdough).  That helped to keep up the outlined layer.  The next layer was 6x6 and so on.  We glued down each layer using white craft glue.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolSugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We had to pack the flour in pretty tightly for it to work.  The tip I read was to use white sugar but I didn’t have any.  The white flour was a good substitute but harder to pack in.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We had enough sugar cubes left over to make a couple of baby pyramids.  We let this dry overnight and the next day carefully added some sand around the pyramids.

Sugar Cube Pyramid ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We added a piece of felt for our Nile River and the pieces from our Ancient Egypt Toob.  And suddenly we had an Ancient Egypt sensory bin!

Egypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolEgypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolEgypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolEgypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolEgypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

I grabbed our copy of Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile.  The first time we read it I think I only read it to Skeeterbug.  The other two were fascinated and hung on every word.

Bill & Pete Go Down the NileBill & Pete Go Down the Nile

The sensory bin has been revisited several times.  Ladybug especially enjoys walking the figures up and down the pyramid.  I love to listen to the dialogue she makes up for them while she is playing.  (She’s wearing the same shirt, but this was taken on a different day.)

Egypt Sensory Bin ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

That same afternoon we made sculptures from marshmallows and toothpicks.  I would have loved to use grapes for a healthier version but it is not exactly grape season here.  The idea was that we were going to make pyramids like they did here but on a smaller scale.  Once we got started I realised my kids are a bit young for something that ambitious!  We still had fun experimenting.  See the mini-pyramids on the table?

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug experimented with different 2D shapes.  He kept asking, what’s 3 make?  What’s 4 make?

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Ladybug busied herself with eating marshmallows. ;)

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Look!  A pyramid!

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Skeeterbug’s final sculpture:

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

My geometric shape of some sort:

Marshmallow Pyramids ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

I have more but I’m having trouble uploading the post so I’ll split it into two posts.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! I had to stop by yours too : )
    I love the pyramids!!! We need to do that with the sugar cubes! My kids LOVE building with toothpicks and marshmallows. Love the ideas!

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