5 Facts About Egypt For Children
The history of Egypt is unfolding before your very eyes. On February 11, 2011, President Hosni Mubarak resigned his power, leaving the future rule in Egypt yet to be decided. When a particular country continues to make the headlines, it can be useful to introduce as a teaching time for children. Obviously, not everything shown on the nightly news or the internet is appropriate for young eyes and ears. But, learning about cultures and geography as well as other interesting facts about a country can make history and social studies come alive for children. There is much more to be learned about this country rich in history than can be acquired by reading one simple article or document about the country. But, once a child knows some of the fun aspects of a country, he or she is more likely to want to dive in and learn more.
Following are five facts about Egypt that can be shared with children to help make these studies understandable and to open the doors and spark an interest in wanting to know more:
Flag of Egypt - The flag of Egypt was adopted on October 4, 1984. It is a tri-color flag made up of a red stripe across the top, a white stripe across the middle and a black stripe across the bottom. All stripes are horizontal with a golden Eagle of Saladin in the center.
Terrain and Rivers of Egypt - Egypt is made up mostly of dessert land, but it does have a large river called the Nile. In ancient times before the building of a dam, the Nile used to flood every year leaving behind rich black soil in which to grow crops. Egyptians referred to this as "The Gift of the Nile."
Geographical Location of Egypt - Egypt is a transcontinental country as it spans more than one continent. Egypt is a country located mainly in North Africa. It's Sinai Peninsula forms a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Gaza Strip, Israel, Sudan and Libya. There is also mountains. Mt. Sinai is located in the Sinai Peninsula portion.
Language of Egypt/What Language Do Egyptians Speak? - The most common language spoken in Egypt is called Egyptian Arabic.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is among the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World. As amazing as The Great Pyramid is, there are even more architectural finds that have been discovered in Egypt. Though not named as one of the Seven Wonders, the Great Sphinx located on the West Bank in Giza, Egypt, is considered to be an amazing sculpture. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture still standing today.
These five facts about Egypt can serve as a launching pad for more learning about Egypt and other countries and cultures. Enjoy the learning with your children by providing coloring sheets of the map of Egypt for them to color, clay or even sugar cubes from which they can attempt to build their own miniature versions of The Great Pyramid and The Great Sphinx. Use your imagination for more hands-on learning that can be done. Then, provide reading, movies and other educational aids for your children as their eyes spark with excitement to learn more.