As a former teacher I love doing crafts with my son and integrating learning into them. Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! November 4th is King Tut Day to celebrate the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb. My first public school job was 2nd grade so we did A LOT of Egytian lessons. One of my favorites was always helping the kids create their own cartouche. A cartouche is a basically a name plate for royalty in Ancient Egypt. I usually had my students copy heiroglyphics to spell out their name but since Will is a bit young for that, I have tweaked this craft to fit his age. If you have missed past kids frugal fun crafts, check them out here! Also, don’t forget to read the entire post to see educational activities at the bottom!
1 Piece of Cardboard
1. Cut an oval from the construction paper and the cardboard.
2. Glue the construction paper on top of the cardboard.
3. Write your child’s name on the paper.
4. Have your child browse the magazine and pick out pictures that represent their favorite things.
- Language Arts: Help your child identify the letters of their name on the cartouche. When browsing the magazine, have your child also find pictures that start with the same letters as their name.
- Social Studies/History: Explain to your child that Ancient Egyptians used Heiroglyphics to communicate and record history. Tell them that heiroglypics is basically “picture writing”. Have your child describe other family members by drawing pictures or finding more pictures to represent them in the magazine.
- Math: Have your child count how many letters in their name and how many pictures they cut and glue on the cartouche. Also discuss the shape of the cartouche (an oval).
A wonderful way to store this as a keepake is to use a laminator. By laminating your child’s crfts, they will stay in great shape for years to come!