It's been a few weeks since we wrapped up our look at Ancient Egypt. We ended with a few great books and a simple geography project.
Although I had originally planned to make a salt dough map, I decided that a 2-dimensional version would make it easier for my children to label all of the parts clearly. Turns out, recreating a map is a FANTASTIC way to review the landscape of a particular region. Because this project had to be completed in stages in order to let each section of paint dry, my kids got to focus on the geographical details for over a week. I think it is permanently etched in their brains!
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Leading up to our end-of-unit map project, we focused on the New Kingdom period of Ancient Egypt and read the following books:
- Zekmet, the Stone Carver: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
- Egyptian Boats
- Master of the Royal Cats
- Tut's Mummy: Lost...And Found
- Joseph the Forgiven by Jester Summers
- Moses in the Bulrushes
- Moses by Maude and Miska Petersham
- Look What Came from Egypt
To Make 2-Dimensional Map of Egypt
You will need:
- a large piece of blank cardboard (I had a used science project-style display board collecting dust in the basement. Since it was a crisp white, it made for the perfect "blank slate.")
- acrylic paints in earthen tones
- pencil, paintbrush, and permanent marker
If your children would rather not free-hand draw the perimeter, print out a large copy of the map for your child to cut out and trace around. They can then free-hand ONLY the details.