For our first 6 week block, we are studying Ancient Egypt. It has been fun looking at the pyramids in Giza, the Sphinx (and discovering its mythological roots). Of course for my code loving Builder, looking at and exploring ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs has been a blast.
We have been using a lapbook, which is not my favorite, but we are adding some fun activities to enhance the straight-forward learning of facts. Upon starting to look at the hieroglyphics on such pieces as the Rosetta stone and from pyramids and tombs, I wanted Builder to be able to try it out himself. The trouble here is that writing is not his favorite and drawing pictures probably less. That is why I went on the hunt for a website that would allow him to experience writing in hieroglyphs and what I found was so much fun, I wanted to share it with you.
Over at discoveringegypt.com, a great resource, they have a fun Qwerty style hieroglyph keyboard (click here to try it out). If this is something you are studying (or even if you are not), you have to give it a try. Builder and Princess, both spent at least 40 minutes experimenting with words, names, and generally having fun with the symbols. It was actually quite beneficial, since they could each interact with the keyboard at their own level of word knowledge.
What will your name look like in hieroglyphs?