Ancient Egypt Unit: Creating the Nile River Valley

We started our unit on Ancient Egypt with a geography project. This is one we did about four years ago as well, but it was well worth repeating!

We placed sand in an old plastic container. Then using toilet paper and paper towel rolls, we created the base for the winding Nile River. We covered that with aluminum foil. In upper Egypt we created the ‘mountains.’ We sprinkled potting soil on our mountain and in the river bed and proceeded to flood the river!

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After ‘farming’ the area (by sprinkling grass seed and lettuce seeds) we placed our scene off to the side for a week or so to wait for our results! It’s still a work in progress as you’ll see. We haven’t yet started talking about the pyramids — and we’ll be making small ones to add to our Nile River valley at some point in the next week or so:

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This is how our Nile River project looked four years ago… this one is still a work in progress!

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Ancient Egypt Activities - Make Your Own Nile River Valley

Don’t miss the free Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses worksheets I made.  I talk a bit more about that portion of our unit.

By the way, we now have some free Ancient Egypt Notebook Pages that I made when my youngest was studying Ancient Egypt:

free-ancient-egypt-worksheetsHere are some other Ancient Egypt posts that might be of interest:

  • World Facts Packet: Do your kids know the 4 largest countries? Which countries have the most people? The longest river? This packet covers basic world and U.S. facts.

World Facts Packet

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8 Responses

  1. Kjerstin says:

    What a fun, clever idea! I’m so tempted to plant our entire garden this way next year, haha… So creative! 🙂

  2. Kjerstin says:

    What a fun, clever idea! I’m so tempted to plant our entire garden this way next year, haha… So creative! 🙂

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