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Code Name:  Daily Life
 

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Question

What was Daily life like for the people of Ancient Egypt?

 

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Mission Instructions


Make two Ancient Egyptian products to barter with at an Egyptian Market.

  1. Read this page and then learn more about Egyptian daily life.   
  2. Then, explore the web site links below, read books, or talk to an expert to learn more about Ancient Egyptian daily life.  
  3. You must then apply your newly gained knowledge by making two Ancient Egyptian Products to barter with at an Egyptian Market. 
     

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Background Information

Remember, your mission is to gather information to locate King Tut's tomb. You must host a party during this celebration where you will gather the clues we will need to find the tomb of King Tut. In order to accomplish this mission, it is imperative that you dress, eat, and act like an Ancient Egyptian. Therefore, you must learn more about the Daily life of Ancient Egypt before you infiltrate the town and host this party. We suggest that you start with the information below and then access your computer and the books to learn more about Ancient Egyptian Daily Life. 


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In order to plan the perfect Ancient Egyptian Party you must gather information to several important questions. We suggest that you work in small collaborative groups so that you can quickly gather information for your part.  Then, share your findings with others in your group (see the activity section below.)  Use the information that you gather to hold an Egyptian Celebration Party.


The information you gather here will help you plan a successful party:
What names were common for the children of Ancient Egypt?
What did the children of Ancient Egypt Dress Like?
What might a kid in Ancient Egypt eat?
What games did children in Ancient Egyptians play?
What was the art like in Ancient Egypt?

The information that you gather here will help you hold a discussion that could eventually lead to clues:
What  was education like for Ancient Egyptian Children?
What jobs might a child grow up to have in Ancient Egypt
Why was the Nile River so important to all Ancient Egyptians?


 Remember, this may be your best opportunity to gather clues that will lead you to King Tut's tomb.

 


What is Your Ancient Egyptian Name?
How would you like to be named "The Girl Has Come" or "The Boy Makes Us Happy?" Even better, you could be named after a powerful god, like "Ra Is Almighty" or "Osiris is Loving." If you lived in Ancient Egypt you might have a name like this. 

Ancient Egypt Names
Behind the Name: Ancient Egyptian Names
Named after Gods and Goddesses
Pharoes and their Names


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What did the people of Ancient Egypt Dress Like?
When you awake the dry heat would hit you like a wall. The weather in Ancient Egypt, as in current day Egypt, is almost always hot and dry. That's why most young children went around completely naked. When you reached your sixth birthday you would begin to wear clothes that would protect you from the intense dry heat. When you venture outside it is imperative that you would put oils on your skin to keep it from cracking in the dry heat and you make sure that you wore very lightweight clothing that would cover most of your skin. Your lightweight clothing would keep the sun off of them while letting the cool breezes that blew off the Nile River cool you down. Don't forget to apply your make-up and jewelry to honor the gods. Yes, boys wore make-up and jewelry, too!

Egyptian Garments  
What were Egyptian Clothes made of?  
Fashion and Style: Dress and Costume
Ancient Egyptian Garment Making   
Dress, Adornment, and Body Care 
Ancient Egyptian Clothing

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What did the people of Ancient Egypt eat?
After prayers were done you would dig in to a great breakfast. You will need to eat heartily because Ancient Egyptians did not eat lunch. Your breakfast would have to last until sunset, when you could eat a huge dinner. Dig in! Yes, with your hands (the tips of your fingers.) You'd probably have some fruit (grapes, figs, dates, apples, pomegranates, and melons) or Honey Flat bread. 

Ancient Egypt Food
The Diet of the Ancient Egyptians
Ancient Egyptian Diet

Food and Drink
Food: Bread Beer and All Things Good
Bread, the Staff of Life
Yummy Meat and Fish
Growing Fruits and Vegtables  
Slaughtering Cattle  
Party Time in Ancient Egypt
Wine in Ancient Egypt

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What games did the Ancient Egyptians play?
Even though there was plenty of work for children in Ancient Egypt they had a lot of playtime, also. Egyptian children were encouraged to have fun. After working, kids would often go for a swim in the Nile River, play tug o' war, leap frog, or a board game (Mancala or Senet (like checkers.) Sound familiar! That's right Egyptian children did many of the same activities that you do. 
Of course, the children of Ancient Egypt didn't play with their Star Wars Action figures (they were invented about 3,200 years later) but they did have similar toys. Often times, children would play with a wooden pull horse, clay dolls, or animals that were carved out of stone.

Mancala Game
Hounds and Jackals Game
Senet Game
The Royal Game of UR
Senet: A Board Game from Ancient Egpyt
Egyptian Games, Toys, and Leisure Activities


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What was the art like in Ancient Egypt?
Do you like to paint or draw? This was a favorite past time of Ancient Egyptian Children.  Arts and crafts was another favorite pastime of Egyptian Children.  Children might make a new toy or an amulet (necklace) honoring their favorite god.

Immortality through Art   
Ancient Egyptian Art
Egyptian Statues
Art from Ancient Egypt
Art of the Gods

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What education might an Ancient Egyptian have
Good News!!! Unless you were going to become a scribe (writer) or a doctor when you grew up you would not have to go to school. Bad News!!! Instead, you would have to go to work with your parents' everyday and help them out. That's right. 

Egyptian Education
Education and Learning in Ancient Egypt
Egyptian Education
Education in Ancient Egypt

 

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What jobs might Ancient Egyptian children have when they grow up?
Boys, if your parents were farmers you might scatter seeds in the field. If you dad was a carpenter you might help him build boxes. You might have to give the animals water, chisel stone, polish pottery, or pound papyrus into paper. Girls, you might carry water from the river, baby-sit, stir cosmetics, sew or weave.

An Ancient Egyptian Social Pyramid
What was life like in Ancient Egypt?  
The Social Classes in Ancient Egypt   
Egyptian Kings, Governors and other Rulers

Priests
Egyptian Scribes
Scribes

Administrators and Managers   
Egyptian Soldiers
Egyptian Nobles  
Egyptian Trade and Merchants 
Egyptian Merchants
Egyptian Artists     
Egyptian Farmer
Peasant Farmers
Farmers of Egypt
Egyptian Slavess
Carefree Childhood

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Why was the Nile River so important to the Ancient Egyptians?
Do you like sleeping late and vegging out in front of the television? If you lived in Ancient Egypt you wouldn't be able to do that. You would be woken when the sun came up. To start your day, you would pray to your god (Ancient Egyptians worshiped many gods and goddesses.) 

Geography and Agriculture of Ancient Egypt    
On the Banks of the Nile 
Gifts of the Nile
The Natural World
Ancient Egypt
Animals of the Nile Valley   
Cruising the Nile    
Ancient Egyptian Quarrying
Map of Ancient Egypt


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Daily Life Offline Resources

Here are a few books on Daily life in Ancient Egypt.  For a full listing check out our Ancient Egyptian Annotated Bibliography.

 

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Egyptian Daily Life Activity

Operation Ancient Egyptian Bash

Homebase: "Come in Alpha Team leader!  Can you read me?"

Homebase: "Like so many secret agents before you, you must host a fantastic party, impress the other partygoers with you knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Daily Life, wow them with your impressive Egyptian taste in fashion, and show off your gaming skills in a way that is impressive but not showing off. 

To host a party that really impresses your new Ancient Egyptian friends and allows you to gather clues to the whereabouts of King Tut's hidden tomb you will need to be well prepared. Therefore, we have assigned you to work as part of a team that will become an expert in one area of Ancient Egyptian Daily Life. You will then need to report you findings back to the whole group. 

To plan a great party that really impresses your new Ancient Egyptian friends you will need to become an expert in one of the following areas:
What names were common for the children of Ancient Egypt?
What did the children of Ancient Egypt Dress Like?
What might a kid in Ancient Egypt eat?
What games did children in Ancient Egyptians play?
What was the art like in Ancient Egypt?

To hold a discussion with your new Ancient Egyptian friends where you can appear to be from Ancient Egypt and collect clues that may lead you to the whereabouts of King Tut's hidden tomb you must:
What jobs might a child grow up to have in Ancient Egypt? 
Why was the Nile River so important to all Ancient Egyptians?"

Other Suggested Activities:

The Challenge - 'The Jeweller of Memphis' 
Senet - a board game from ancient Egypt   
The Egypt Game

 

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Assessment of Your Mission

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Revisit the Question

What was Daily life like for the people of Ancient Egypt?

 

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Created: June 24, 1998
Updated: February 23, 2010

 

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