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Ancient Egypt for Kids

Learn about Ancient Egypt in the first adventure, which transports you back to Ancient Egypt. You will learn about the history of the Ancient Egyptians, mummification, pharaohs, hieroglyphs, Ancient Egyptian gods & more.

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When Max and Katie receive a mysterious package through the post, they know their summer will be exciting. Inside, they find a time machine that takes them back to Ancient Egypt, where their mission is to solve the mystery of a missing 9-year-old girl. The pharaoh’s daughter vanished without a trace, but the mystery does not stop there.

Join them on their Ancient Egypt adventure through history as they experience mummies, pyramids, hieroglyphs, Ancient Egyptian gods and more!

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Ancient Egypt Facts for Kids !

Max and Katie Ancient Egypt for Kids

Max and Katie visit Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians used more than 700 hieroglyphs, which could be written from left to right or right to left. Some symbols were just sounds, but some represented whole words.


Tutankhamun is also known as the Boy King, because he was only 9 years old when he became pharaoh.

King Tutankhamun

The pyramids were giant tombs for the pharaohs. There are around 100 pyramids still standing in Egypt today; they are the oldest stone structures in the world.


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Pharaohs’ names were written in an oval shape, called a ‘cartouche’

Ancient Egypt was one of the oldest civilisations in the history of the world, dating back to around 3100 BC and lasting for about 3000 years. Ancient Egypt has captured our imaginations for centuries, thanks to its mysterious customs and tales of curses.

Pharaohs were believed to be gods in human form; they were buried inside enormous pyramids or underground tombs that were filled with treasure, food, weapons and even servants to help them travel into the afterlife.

Even the Ancient Egyptian language seemed mysterious; until the ancient Rosetta Stone was translated in 1822, the intriguing hieroglyphs were a reminder of a lost language.

Add to this the evidence that this ancient civilisation worshipped gods with animal heads and held superstitious beliefs about amulets, it’s no surprise that exciting tales were told of a strange civilisation in history.

Falcon Canopic Jar
Falcon Canopic Jar


Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh

The most important person in Ancient Egypt was the king, called a ‘pharaoh’.

People believed that pharaohs were gods that walked on Earth. Everyone worshipped and obeyed the pharaohs. They were in charge of everything, including priests and the temples, the courts and the army.

The Crook and Flail were symbols of the pharaoh’s power and love over the people.

Gods and Goddesses

Anubis - Ancient Egyptian God

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped hundreds of gods and goddesses, who often had human bodies with animal-shaped heads. They believed the gods had power over everything, from the sun moving across the sky to the Nile flooding each year. People held festivals and built grand temples to keep the gods happy.

Anubis was the God of the Dead. He helped people pass safely on their journey into the afterlife. He had a black head shaped like a jackal.


Eye of Horus Amulet

The Ancient Egyptians believed that making spells and carrying lucky charms, known as amulets, would keep them safe from evil spirits and keep them healthy.

One of the most popular amulets was the Eye of Horus.

This shows a human eye lined with the markings of a falcon. It means protection and good health.


An Ancient Egyptian Mummy

The Ancient Egyptians believed that mummifying people when they died would preserve their body for the afterlife.

Embalming a body was a gruesome process, not for the faint-hearted. The priest said prayers and wore a mask in the shape of the god Anubis. The whole process took 70 days!

Visit Ancient Egyptian History

There are so many wonderful places to experience this rich part of our history, both at home and abroad. Here are just some suggestions to bring history life.

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The Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt

King Tutankhamun Death Mask

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), due to open in 2021, will be home to many fascinating artefacts that were found inside Tutankhamun’s tomb.

In 1922, an archaeologist named Howard Carter discovered the lost tomb in The Valley of the Kings.

Tutankhamun’s Death Mask, which will be housed in the new museum, is decorated with pure gold and jewels and is instantly recognisable as a symbol of Ancient Egypt.

Follow the link to learn more about Tutankhamun.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Temple of Hatshepsut
Hatshepsut's tomb, Egypt

You can see around 24,000 Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the Met Museum in New York, USA. One of the most famous items is a life-sized statue of Pharaoh Hatshepsut.

Queen Hatshepsut is considered to be one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt with a long, peaceful reign of around 22 years. She is always shown wearing the pharaoh’s headdress and sometimes even with a long beard!

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The British Museum, London

Rosetta Stone

The British Museum in London houses the Rosetta Stone, which is the key to understanding Ancient Egyptian writing.

Before the Rosetta Stone was found, hieroglyphs were a reminder of a mysterious and lost language. By comparing the recognisable names that were written in Ancient Greek, historians were able to work out the corresponding hieroglyphs. This allowed them to crack the code that had been impossible for centuries!

Follow the link to learn more.

Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany

Queen Nefertiti

Queen Nefertiti married Pharaoh Akhenaten and co-ruled as his queen and most important wife for many years.

Nefertiti is one of the most recognisable images of Ancient Egypt, thanks to a statue that was uncovered in 1912. It shows the queen’s beautiful face and long, slender neck, with a distinctive tall headdress. You can see the famous bust in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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