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Egypt: Pyramids, Mummies, and Baklava: Hands-on Lesson for Kids

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

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Want to know more about Egypt? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Egypt on a map, cook an Egyptian meal, watch YouTube clips on Egypt, color the flag, create an Egyptian craft, read a great book about Egypt, and more!

Map showing Egypt

Map showing Egypt

Where is Egypt?

Locate Egypt on this map of the Africa. Use this map of Egypt to label the capitol, Cairo. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at wikipedia.org.

Playing senet - Painting in tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertari (1295–1255 BC)

Playing senet - Painting in tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertari (1295–1255 BC)

Fun Facts about Egypt

  • Senet, a game played in ancient Egypt, is one of the oldest known board games of the world. They also used to play a game using large stones set up as pins and small stones as a ball, which was quite similar to the bowling we do today.
  • Egyptians invented the 365 days calendar and the 24-hour division of the day. Egyptians were also among the very first people to invent writing, along with ink and paper.
  • Apart from the Nile River, most of the land in Egypt is desert. The country receives very little rainfall except in winter months.
  • The New Testament was translated into Egyptian sometime between 100 and 200 AD.

Info Credit

Flag of Egypt

Flag of Egypt

Egypt's Flag

Print and color the flag of Egypt and learn the history and meaning of it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Egypt.

Visit Egypt on YouTube

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Prepare an Egyptian Meal

Prepare and serve:

  • Koshari
  • Egyptian Grilled Chicken (optional)
  • Egyptian Cucumber & Feta Salad
  • Pita bread (bought from the store)
  • Hot tea (such as Egyptian Licorice or Licorice Mint)
  • Baklava.
Traditional Egyptian Meal

Traditional Egyptian Meal

Koshari

Koshari

Koshari

Koshari is considered by some to be Egypt's national dish. If you're short on time, simply use a can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas instead of the lentils.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

6 if a main dish, 10-12 if a side dish

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown lentils or garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup rice (basmati is preferable)
  • 1 cup uncooked pasta (small shells or elbow macaroni are preferable)
  • 2 large disced onions
  • 4 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, add about 5 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and lentils or garbanzo beans/chickpeas. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, & simmer for 15-30 minutes, or until tender. Add the rice to the lentils and add more water if needed. Simmer 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. In a separate pan, cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, saute the onions and garlic in the oil about 5 minutes, or until golden. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper to taste and let it simmer 10 minutes, or until it has thickened. Combine the lentils, rice, and pasta together. Serve the tomato sauce over the bed of lentils/rice/pasta. (This recipe came from food.com.)

Egyptian Grilled Chicken

Egyptian Grilled Chicken

Egyptian Grilled Chicken

My husband insists on having meat for every meal, so we included the Egyptian Grilled Chicken. If your family is okay with a vegetarian dinner, then you can skip making this.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8+ hours for marinating + 40 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken legs
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass dish and let the chicken marinate 8+ hours in the refrigerator. Remove chicken from marinade. If grilling, cook chicken for approximately 25 minutes, brushing with marinade, turning once during cooking. If baking, cook chicken at 375 for about 40 minutes, turning once. (This recipe came from food.com.)

Egyptian Feta and Cucumber Salad

Egyptian Feta and Cucumber Salad

Egyptian Feta and Cucumber Salad

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

6

  • 2 large peeled cucumbers
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 6 ounces feta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallion or green onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Score the cucumbers with the tines of a fork, and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. (A grapefruit spoon or melon baller works well.) Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt, and let them sit in a colander in the sink for about 30 minutes to release some of the moisture from the cucumbers. Rinse and then slice the cucumbers into 1/2 inch chunks or thin slices.
  2. In a medium serving bowl, crush the feta with a fork and mix it with the scallions, lemon juice, oil, and pepper. Combine the cucumber chunks with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the salad with the mint. Serve within an hour. (This recipe came from food.com.)

Baklava

Baklava

Baklava

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

30 min

50 min

20

  • 1 box thawed phyllo/filo dough (found near the desserts in the frozen food department)
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Unfold the phyllo dough and cut it in half, trimming it to fit in a 9x13" casserole dish. Place 1/2 of the dough in the pan. Combine the walnuts, 1/2 cup of sugar, and cinnamon, and spread it over the phyllo dough. Cover the walnut mixture with the 2nd half of the dough. Using a serrated knife, cut into triangles/diamonds. Drizzle evenly with the melted butter. Bake at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. While baklava is baking, prepare the syrup by placing 1 cup sugar, water, and lemon juice in a pan and bringing it to boil. Simmer the syrup mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the syrup over the hot baklava. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Lego Pyramid

Lego Pyramid

Egyptian Activities for Kids: Build a pyramid & become a mummy

Try to build a pyramid and a sphinx using blocks, Lego's bricks, or sugar cubes. Also read about the mummification process and then try it by wrapping each other up in toilet paper.

Read a book about Egypt

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Pray for the people of Egypt

To find out about the religious nature of Egypt and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.

I've been to Egypt. Have you visited Egypt yet?

Where is Cairo, the capital of Egypt?

Other countries starting with the letter E

Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.

East Timor

Ecuador

El Salvador

England

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

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Go to http://iijuan12.hubpages.com/hub/around-the-world-in-26-letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!

© 2011 Shannon

Comments, questions, or ideas? - Thank you for visiting! Please leave me a note to let me know you dropped by!

Shannon (author) from Florida on December 26, 2012:

@Margot_C: Thank you!

Margot_C on December 21, 2012:

I've always been interested in anything to do with ancient Egypt. I know several people who visit Egypt regularly and would love to go with them some day. The recipes looked great, especially the chicken. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon (author) from Florida on November 25, 2012:

@anonymous: It is definitely a different world over there, but oh how fascinating it is!

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

I would be a culture shock to visit Egypt, I am sure of that. But, interesting. :)

Shannon (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

@Spectresoft: That sounds like a fun trip! We're hoping to go in a few years.

Shannon (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

@WriterJanis2: Thank you!

WriterJanis2 on September 23, 2012:

Nice intro to Egypt.

Spectresoft on September 23, 2012:

I am planning a trip to Egypt in 2013. I cannot wait to see the pyramids and how they compare to the Mayan ones in Mexico.

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on November 23, 2011:

We are planning an Egyptian feast / party for the last day of our Egypt unit study so this will be helpful! I'm listing this under the "Africa" section of "Ancient Civilizations Lessons" along with your Africa lesson. Thank you for sharing your work to make our work less! =D

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