This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can color the map of Ancient Egypt with your whole family together!
The map of ancient Egypt in a history exploration from Layers of Learning Unit 1-2. Layers of Learning has hands-on explorations in every unit of this family-friendly curriculum. Learn more about Layers of Learning.
Historical maps are a great tool for understanding the past. You can see when you look at a map of ancient Egypt why people lived only along the river. What would the land have been like away from the Nile?
Step 1: Library Research
Before you begin exploring, read a book or two about ancient Egypt. Here are some suggestions, but if you can’t find these, look for books at your library about ancient Egypt, mummies, pyramids, the Nile River, and Egyptian mythology. The colored smilies above each book tell you what age level they’re recommended for.
Egyptians: Life in Ancient Egypt
by Liz Sonneborn
Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History Adventure
by Heather Adamson
Cat of Bubastes
by G.A. Henty
Step 2: Ancient Egypt Map Exploration
To complete this exploration you will need colored pencils and a printable Ancient Egypt Map.
When you color a historical map of ancient Egypt you can see the boundaries of the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms and why the older kingdoms ended at the second cataract of the Nile. You can draw on trade routes and maybe even guess at why those traders took the routes they chose. You could also add invasion routes, cities, tombs, neighboring civilizations, and areas of conquest, depending on what your studies are focusing on.
Start by coloring the 3 kingdoms: Old, Middle, and New. Then color and label the oases. Finally, color the desert and the water.
Step 3: Show What You Know
Write a paragraph (for younger kids) up to a page (for older kids) about the things this map of Egypt explains about the Ancient Egyptians and their world. You can include the reasons for the boundaries of the three kingdoms, information about the trade routes, information a out the pyramids, and more.
Additional Layers are extra activities you can do or tangents you can take off on. You will find them in the sidebars of each Layers of Learning unit. They are optional, so just choose what interests you.
You can also make important visual connections while making maps. This is especially important when it comes to landmarks.
If the kids are coloring the pyramids, show them a picture of the Great Pyramids from a book or the internet. You could even watch a little video clip together.
Give your kids something to discover on their own.
You might say, “Do you know what a cataract is?”
Have the child look up the definition of a cataract and then search for images or videos on the Egyptian cataracts.
The land of Punt, a trading partner of the Egypts, was mentioned often in Egyptian writings. But today no one knows for sure where it was located.
Learn more about the Land of Punt.
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