Ancient Egypt's Culture: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Ancient Egypt has a very unique history and culture. In this lesson, explore Egypt's religious history, famous kings and queens, and amazing artwork and architecture.

Land of the Pharaoh

How would you like to travel back in time and visit a land of kings and queens and learn about their religion and see their amazing artwork and huge pyramids? Even though we can't go back in the past, we can still learn about ancient Egypt and its culture.

One of the most famous parts of Egyptian culture is the rulers who had a lot of power and wealth. Kings and queens in Egypt were leaders of the land and seen as religious role models. They are called pharaohs today. Many leaders became pharaohs because their fathers before them were kings. King Tutankhamun was a famous pharaoh, and he became king when he was only nine years old! Pharaohs could also be women. Cleopatra was a famous female pharaoh who ruled near the end of the ancient Egyptian empire.

This tomb is created to resemble the famous child pharaoh of Egypt, King Tutankhamun.
King Tut

Artistic Writing

Ancient Egyptians were very advanced, even though they lived thousands of years ago. They developed a system of writing called hieroglyphics. Although it was a way of writing, hieroglyphics often look like beautiful works of art.

Ancient Egyptian writing was called hieroglyphics and was often written on paper called papyrus.

This writing was created on something called papyrus, which was a lot like very thick paper. This paper was made from a tall plant that grows in the water, and often two sheets of papyrus were put together to create scrolls. Think of scrolls as the first type of book people read thousands of years ago.

Religious Beliefs

Religion was a huge part of everyday life in ancient Egypt. Egyptians believed in many different gods, and these gods and goddesses had their own stories. Their religion highlighted a deep belief in harmony and justice.

Ancient Egyptians believed that after a person died, they could travel through a hall of truth and enter paradise if their hearts were light and pure. They took great care in the burial of the dead, and the ancient pyramids that are symbols of Egypt were often tombs for pharaohs and great leaders. These stone structures have triangular surfaces and often include amazing representations of kings or other important symbols on the outside.

Pyramids were built as burial tombs for pharaohs and leaders of ancient Egypt.

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