The Gift of the Nile

The Ancient Greek historian, Herodotus was the first person to refer to Egypt as the “Gift of the Nile.” He called it this because the people of Ancient Egypt used the Nile River for so many things! Did you know that the Nile River is the longest river in the world? Not only is it the longest, but it is also one of the only rivers that flows from south to north into the Mediterranean Sea! Egypt was, and still is, a desert country, which means that it is filled with sand and has relatively little water. That is why the ancient Egyptians relied so heavily upon the Nile! Can you pick out the Nile River on the map? There are also some other key locations you can pick out!

Egypt has some really well-known landmarks, including one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. The Pyramids! The pyramids are absolutely huge and beautiful! The pyramids of Giza were constructed by three different kings, Khufu, Kafre, and Menkaure. Khufu built the biggest one, known as the Great Pyramid. One incredible thing about the pyramids is the nearly perfect construction. They have almost perfect angles and they line up almost exactly with the directions of East and West. Do you think you have what it takes to construct a pyramid like the ancient Egyptians did?

The king who made the smallest pyramid, Menkaure, also made something else that was very well-known! With the head of a man and the body of a lion, the Great Sphinx guards the pyramid. The Sphinx is considered a protector creature, and it was imagined to be incredibly smart and cunning. Do you think you have the cunning and skill required to beat the Sphinx? Or perhaps you think that you could make your own?

Now that you’ve seen and located some of the great sights, landmarks, and resources of Egypt, it’s time to put those skills to the test! Do you think that you (with the help of a parent) could make AND EAT a map of Egypt?? With the help of The Organized Homeschooler, you can make a Rice Krispie Treat version of the ancient wonderland! Stay tuned next time for “Mummy says What??”

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