This party could be more than just an
Egyptian dig...try other cultures also.
Come exploring with archaeologist 'child's name'
Our Dig Site: 'location'
Party Supplies from Birthday in a Box
Build a paper 3-D pyramid out of stiff
paper and put an ancient scroll inside with invite information:
Archeologist, Dr. (child's name) invites you to join him/her on his/her
expedition of Egyptian civilization. All learned scientists are asked to rendezvous
at (location and time and date). Might include a visit to a museum.
Neutral colors: sand colored, black,
brown, deep greens. Picks, shovels, sand bags (burlap bags) filled with crushed
newspaper or straw. Sand box or area set aside for the dig. Stake off with
Small pails, fill with geode, arrow head,
magnifying glass, cool rocks and fossils.
Games and Activities:
Mummy Wrap: One roll of toilet paper per
child. Form teams and let them wrap each other up.
Need: Hand trowels, sand screen.
Using your sand pit, bury fossils, pieces of pottery, Indian arrow heads, other items from
different cultures/ eras (put modern things in too). Let the kids carefully dig them up,
and sort them into the culture they belong. (instead of using "real"
items, you could make mini-replicas from Fimo or Sculpy clays)
Rock Search: Have a bag of rocks for each
child hidden and give them a map to follow to the site of the hidden rocks. Make
'boxes' for the rocks with indexes for each separate rock.
Fossil Find: Bake fossils or tiny items into
play dough. Hide them around or in the sand and let the kids find them. They
will then need to crack them open.
above baked playdough idea but tie the balls of baked playdough (with prizes
inside) to yarn and wrap the yarn around furniture and other balls with yarn
and call it a "labyrinth". Navigating mazes is another skill
an archeologist needs to know!
Make a tomb in a darkened area of the house
and give the kids flashlights so they can explore inside.
"pit" of Lego's with "hidden jewels" (jelly beans and
chocolate coins). Put the "pit" under a table. On
top of the table stack a few boxes and drape the boxes and table with a
white sheet, thus creating a pyramid. Use some cardboard boxes
taped together to make a tunnel leading under the sheet. The
budding archaeologists then have to crawl through the tunnel to reach
the tomb and search for treasure. They each have 30 seconds to
Purchase a plastic laminated world map and
play "pin the pyramid on Egypt". With this same map you
can do a geography quiz. Hand out foreign coins and let the kids
locate the country they come from. Also, use the foreign coins as
prizes for correct answers.
to tie some knots in ropes as all archeologists need to know this skill.
For a craft make pyramids out of sugar cubes
and "mortar" (egg white with powdered sugar).
Turn birthday child or willing participant
into a mummy using toilet paper.
Make a mummy: See this
cool project at
Draw Hieroglyphics and write their name: This could be done on
their pails with a permanent marker. See this page for the translation
Here is a great site for explaining what archaeology is and how a
dig is performed.
Check out this site for rocks and supplies:
GEOPRIME-ROCKS, MINERALS, & GEOINSTRUCTIONAL EARTH
SCIENCE TEACHING SUPPLIES