Unschooling Resources: Ancient Egypt


Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris
A fictional journal chronicling Miss Emily Sands' search for the tomb of Osiris in Egypt in 1926. Beautifully illustrated, with pull outs, flip ups, and enough to keep kids and adults entertained for hours. Though this is a fictional story, it is filled with wonderful information about Ancient Egypt. A true favorite! Also, check out the Egyptology website.

History News: The Egyptian News (Candlewick Press)
Life in ancient Egypt is presented in the form of a newspaper (very colorful) written at the time. A cool series.

Horrible Histories: The Awesome Egyptians by Terry Deary
Like all Horrible Histories books, this one is filled with both the whimsical and the gruesome. With great comic-like illustrations and lots of spot-on information, this is an extremely enjoyable read. Check out the entire series! Don't forget to look for Horrible Science, Horrible Geography and Murderous Maths books, too!

Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole
For those who love The Magic School Bus series, this oversized book is quite a find. Written in comic style (unlike the MSB books), the always stylish Ms. Frizzle leads a group of tourists (not her normal students) through Egypt.

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
As with all Aliki books, the illustrations are simple and beautiful. This is a great mummy book for those who don't want to look at actual photos of mummies. Wonderful explanations of how mummies were made and why, as well as information on Egyptian funerals, pyramids and the Egyptian the afterlife.

Pyramids by Anne Millard
A great overview of Pyramids throughout time and cultures. Includes sections on Egyptian, Nubian, Mayan, Aztec, and modern pyramids. Lots of color pictures.

Pyramids by Scholastic First Discovery Books
This series is writen for younger readers. Each book includes several clear, plstic pages that change the scenes when turned. Just the right size for smaller hands. A great series.

Totally Amazing Mummies
Put out by Golden Books, this cartoony book is bright, colorful, and not as creepy as many other mummy books. The illustrations are reminiscent of Larry Gonick, though they are by Andrew Peters. A great introduction with chapters on Pyramids, mummy making, and the Egyptian Underworld, as well as bog mummies, ice mummies, and more.

You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy! by David Stewart
Like the title suggests, this book focuses on the icky side of Egyptian mummies - removing the organs, stuffing the body, keeping the smells at bay, tomb robbers, and much more. Written in a humorous style and illustrated with wacky cartoon people, this book may be gross, but it isn't too scary.

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! by Jacqueline Morley
In the style of You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy, this humorous and informative book is a great way to learn about what it took to build the pyramids!


Make Your Own Egyptian Pyramid by James Putnam and Pat Doyle
Found in the book section, this punch out and snap together paper model kit is really pretty cool. There are many pyramid-making kits like this, so look around!

Mythmatical Battles
Mythmatical Battles is a dueling card game for two players or two teams. It blends mythology and multiplication to create an innovative game which lets kids drill multiplication while engaging in epic mythological battles. Each player uses his own Mythmatical Battles Deck, with 55 cards featuring gods, heroes, and monsters from Greek, Celtic, Norse, or Egyptian mythology. (post #55)

Reader's Digest Ultimate Explorer: Ancient Egypt
This kit includes tiny models of Ancient Egyptians, as well as a larger model of the god Horus, to paint (be warned - the paint doesn't stick well - other model paint might work better), a large fold-out temple, a poster about King Tut's tomb, an Egyptian game, rubber stamps, and a book. Fun for a rainy day!


Ancient Egypt: An Introduction to its History and Culture
An expansive site on Ancient Egypt.

Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
An article by Prof. Hamed Abdel-reheem Ead.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs
"An introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and numbering. Interactive examples allow users to create hieroglyphic numbers and fractions."

From the Cleveland Museum of Art. Includes coloring pages and instructions for making a Pharaoh Death Mask.

Check out the rest of this wonderful Egypt site, as well!

An Egyptian folktale in flash.

National Geographic Kids: The Mystery of King Tut
"Suddenly someone leaps out of the shadows and strikes the king with a fatal blow to the back of the head. Tut's nine-year reign comes to a quick and mysterious end. That's one of many theories about how Egypt's most famous king died at age 19...."

National Geographic Kids: Three Queens of Egypt
"Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, and Nefertiti were three outrageous queens who showed the ancient world what girl power was all about."

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