While at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, you will get to explore Egypt, its culture, and its people. As you walk through the buildings, you will find that the walls are covered with carved hieroglyphs, which are pictures that the Egyptians used to represent words and letters. In this activity, you will create your own hieroglyphs and write secret messages!
Instructions: As you explore the Egyptian part of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, you will see many examples of Egyptian hieroglyphs on the wall. You will probably notice that most of these hieroglyphs were inspired by nature. So, in order to be like the Egyptians, you should select items that you find in nature to use in the creation of your hieroglyphs.
To get started, you will need to write down every letter of the alphabet on seven pieces of paper. Put only four letters per page--you will only have two letters on the last page--writing them vertically down the left-hand side of the page. Be sure to put plenty of space between each letter. This way, you will have enough room on the right-hand side to write the hieroglyph representing the letter. Now that you have your alphabet ready, start thinking of pictures that could represent each letter. Try to think of things from nature that start with the letter represented: for example, you might draw an apple to represent the letter A. You don’t have to make your hieroglyphs this way, but it will make them easier to remember.
After you have created your own set of hieroglyphs, create a secret note. Then, give the note and your book of hieroglyphs to one of your traveling companions and see if he or she can decode your ancient message.
Conclusion: In this activity, you created a message from hieroglyphs that you created. If you are interested in finding out more about hieroglyphs, try to learn more about what Egyptian hieroglyphs mean, and see if you can find out what other ancient cultures used picture symbols to communicate.
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est. visit time: 0.0 hrs
Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs)
Duration: 30-45 minutes
4-6 Grade, 7-8 Grade
Activity Level: Low
When to do it:
During Your Trip, On Location, After Your Trip