Ancient Egypt was one of the world’s most powerful civilizations. Their prosperity lasted for thousands of years. These free, printable cards describe 12 of the most famous Ancient Egyptians. They can be combined with several of my other resources onAncient Historyfor learning about this important time period.
These cards feature multiple options for learning. The control cards provide the picture and all the information on a single full-size card. The half-size cards allow you to match the picture to the full information card or just the name label. Older children can also attempt to match all 3 parts at the same time (picture, name, information). Inspired by Montessori, these cards are self-correcting and can be used for independent study. Kids can test their memory and then use the control cards to see if they were right. Kids can also play a multiplayer memory style matching game.
The important historical figures featured in these cards include:
- Ahmose I
- Amenemhat III
- Thutmose I
- Queen Tiye
- Ramesses III
My kindergartener is a little young for these cards, so I didn’t give him the complete set. We talked about why a few of the people were important using the information on the cards, then he matched the pictures to the labels using the control cards.
Additionally, I also made miniature images of the same important Ancient Egyptians to put in our blank world history timeline. Since the timeline I made was mostly for me, I hadn’t even really shown it to my son. I tried explaining it to him so he’d have some perspective on how LONG ago these people we were studying lived. To start, I showed his life up to now on the timeline (the page protector came in very handy for making removable lines). I then also showed his younger brother and sister’s lines, my life line, one of his grandparent’s, and one of his great-grandparent’s lines.
This gave him at least a bit of a frame of reference when we went back 5,000 years to start placing our Ancient Egyptians, but honestly, he’s still too young to fully understand the timeline. He asked if Nefertiti was still alive.
Note that this post is part of a 4-part set on Ancient Egypt. The other posts in the set include:
- Paper for printing Ancient Egyptian cards and corresponding control cards. (Note that the last 2 pages of each document do not need to be printed as they just contain legal information regarding sharing and image sources.)
- 9 thermal laminating pouches
- Optional: Paper for printing blank world history timeline and Ancient Egyptian timeline labels.
Supplies & Tools:
- Paper trimmer or scissors
- If using, print out the Ancient Egyptian timeline labels, cut them out, and place them in your blank world history timeline.
If you’re looking for a good book to go along with these cards, I recommend Story of the World: Volume 1. It includes details on the lives of Narmer, Khufu, Amenemhat, Queen Tiye, Ahmose, Thutmose, Hatshepsut, Akhenaton, and King Tut.
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