Chapter two in Story of the World: Ancient Times is about the Egyptians and life on the Nile River. To go along with our studies we built reed boats, following the example over at Creekside Learning. I was thrilled to find actual reeds to use.
Reeds with very sharp tips. My fingers bled as I cut the reeds down to the size we needed.
We tied them into bundles and used a rubber band to hold the shape. They need to dry for a couple of days, we ended up letting them dry for an entire week while we were away on holiday.
We made a model of the Nile River…dirt and pebbles from the backyard. We flooded the Nile, which took much more water than I thought it would. Love how Jitterbug has on his shin guards in this picture. So ready for soccer season.
We got out our Ancient Egypt Toob and enjoyed some role playing with Osiris in a coffin floating down the Nile. (I don’t think this miniature is specifially Osiris, but any mummy will do.) The chapter in Story of the World tells how Osiris was tricked and killed by his brother Set only to be revived after floating down the Nile.
We tried out our reed boats. They didn’t stand up very well but we managed.
After about a week we had some grass growing. We did end up with more than this but I don’t have a picture.
We read Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, a fun picture book that brings in many aspects of Ancient Egypt in a fun way. Kind of funny that Bill and Pete are going to school and each night come home and tell what they’ve learned. They ‘go down the Nile’ with their classmates on a field trip.
We love the Usborne See Inside series. There is one for Ancient Egypt and another for Ancient Rome. (As well as many other subjects!) Many flaps to open. Humorous drawings. Heaps of information. A great way to engage both my 7yo and my 4.5yo.
We also watched the Mystery of the Nile DVD, about the first team of people to float the entire length of the Nile. Luckily our library had this. It was perfectly suitable for all ages. I found myself wishing it had been more in-depth, there was so much more they could have shown us. However, at just under an hour it was the perfect length to watch with the kids.
I love doing hands-on history projects, the kids love them too. The only downside is that I tend to put off history because I haven’t got everything ready. We are taking a week off from school now, I will be using that time to plan the next six weeks (we are doing six weeks of school, then one week off). Hopefully I can get six weeks of history projects planned and readied during that time so that we can move a little more quickly.