Frugal Kid Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

by Mackenzie on November 3, 2011


This week Mom on Dealz shares one of her favorite frugal kid projects, creating the kids’ own cartouche. A cartouche is a basically a name plate for royalty in Ancient Egypt. Sharon at Mom on Dealz was a former teacher and usually had her students copy heiroglyphics to spell out their name but if your child is a bit young for that (like her son Will), she has tweaked this craft to fit the younger children so they can enjoy the project. If you have missed past kids frugal fun crafts, check them out here! Also, don’t forget to read the entire post to see educational activities at the bottom!

Egyptian Cartouche

Materials:
Construction Paper
1 Piece of Cardboard
Glue
Scissors
Magazine
Directions:

1. Cut an oval from the construction paper and the cardboard.

2. Glue the construction paper on top of the cardboard.
3. Write your child’s name on the paper.

4. Have your child browse the magazine and pick out pictures that represent their favorite things.

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts: Help your child identify the letters of their name on the cartouche. When browsing the magazine, have your child also find pictures that start with the same letters as their name.
  • Social Studies/History: Explain to your child that Ancient Egyptians used Heiroglyphics to communicate and record history. Tell them that heiroglypics is basically “picture writing”. Have your child describe other family members by drawing pictures or finding more pictures to represent them in the magazine.
  • Math: Have your child count how many letters in their name and how many pictures they cut and glue on the cartouche. Also discuss the shape of the cartouche (an oval).

A wonderful way to store this as a keepake is to use a laminator. By laminating your child’s crafts, they will stay in great shape for years to come!





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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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