My Big boy is obsessed with Egypt… and dinosaurs (but that’s a story for another day). At the library, he always gravitates towards books on Egypt. He loves paging through (as he can’t read yet) books on Pharaohs, mummies and pyramids.
I introduced the word “Egyptology” to Big boy and explained that the word means the study of the language, history and way of life in ancient Egypt. I can understand his fascination, Egypt was a land of powerful kings and queens, enormous breathtaking buildings, mystical gods and piles of gold – it is the stuff of adventure tales and fantasies!
Reading about ancient Egypt is a wonderful opportunity to expose children to history and another culture. I find the study of history relevant to the modern day as understanding the past contributes to our understanding of the present. Bringing Egyptian themes to the present day is also a way of honouring and remembering the past.
All the images of Egypt inspired us to make a super simple Egyptian neckpiece from a paper plate. We always seem to accumulate excess party supplies at our home so this was a wonderful way to re-imagine their use in a different way. Decorating the neckpiece is a brilliant opportunity to be creative and you can use any decorative craft supply that is on hand.
The painting, peeling and sticking of stickers was also a great fine motor workout for the boys. We also identified shapes whilst crafting; our plates and gems were circles, stickers were stars and we had heart shapes on the washi tape. We also practiced counting and 1:1 correspondence with the stickers, gem stones and paper clips.
I’m off to bring Big boy back to reality that he’s NOT the Pharaoh around here!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE DIY EGYPTIAN NECKPIECE:
- Paper/plastic plates
- Paper clips
- Assorted stickers, glitter, washi tape for decorating
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DIY EGYPTIAN NECKPIECE:
- Cut out a rough circle on one end of paper or plastic plate so it fits around child’s neck.
- Decorate as preferred. We painted our plastic plates with acrylic paint and decorated with stickers and gems.
- Join paperclips together and hang off neckpiece as preferred.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!