Acient Egypt -10yr- Snake Relay
Marianne in Bayonne, New Jersey USA
Ancient Egypt - 10 year old
We sent invitations inviting the guests to 'travel back in time to Ancient Egypt in search of the treasures of King Tut. Beware of the dangers that lie ahead. Be prepared to unlock the key to secret ancient writings! Experience ancient burial rituals! Search the ruins for fragments of ancient life! Compete for clues and trinkets along your journey to the treasure filled tomb.'
I printed these on ivory parchment with a Sand font then rolled them up and tied them with jute. The room was set up with a blue table cloth on the floor as the Nile. I made fish by gluing funfoam to plastic Easter eggs and glued a washer to the nose. A magnet on a string on a stick was the pole. I also laid down a sand colored tablecloth and placed a box with glass stones and packing peanuts there along with some geodes and 'treasure stones' I made with coffee grounds, sand, flour and water that held foreign coins inside.
I tacked some brown wrapping paper to the wall for painting hieroglyphics. Each child received a tote bag with plastic goggles and a sheet of hieroglyphics (get them off the web) and information on canopic jars. They also received a pith helmet. In between activities they were allowed to fish in the Nile and keep what they found inside their fish (candy) or hunt for treasure (they had 15 seconds to find as many glass stones as they could among the packing peanuts.
Activities included painting scarabs (I paper mached plastic eggs then cut them in half). When they were dried we put a marble under them then raced them down an incline. We made canopic jars (I covered squeeze bottles with gauze and plaster and they made heads out of clay them painted them).
Our archeological dig consisted of choosing one geode and 2 treasure rocks (some were empty). They cracked them open to reveal their prizes (all went home with a good geode and 2 foreign coins). I had planned on making plaster tablets so they could carve their names in hieroglyphics but time ran out on that one.
Games were snake relays (I bought large rubber snakes and bent wire hangers into hooks. First child had to move the snakes to the other side of the room and the next child had to bring them back), basket relays (they carried those snakes in a basket on their heads), and snake toss (throw them into a basket). Winners received a plastic gold coin.
Cake was a pyramid (just keep cutting on a slant and stacking with frosting).
At the end of the party the kids had to find the treasure. First they had to clear the path of snakes (each kid hooked and bagged a snake to take home). Then they had to answer the riddle of the Sphinx before he would let them pass to the treasure. The treasure was in a long box painted gold to look like a coffin.
Treat bags were pyramids made from poster board and filled with a small plastic snake and chocolate coins. I also threw in some Mardi Gras beads and ring pops. After that they could shop at the marketplace to redeem their gold
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