Egyptian Marketplace: Crafts and other Activities

Egyptian Marketplace: Crafts and other Activities

Welcome to another installment of the Thrifty Egyptian!  If this is your first stop at Growing Kids Ministry, you might want to check out all the post in this series at the end of this one.

In this post, I’ll be discussing some possibilities for our Marketplace Shops for this year’s Egypt VBS. Some of our Team Members can’t make it the whole week, so thought we have might have a few 3 day shops. I’d love to hear about your shop ideas as well!

Hieroglyph Nametags:

I found a website that has easy heiroglyphics.   I need to figure out how to make cartouches for the kids. I thought about making my own out of posterboard or cardstock, so that might work. Just need a pattern and a lot of time to cut!  I did find some good ideas at The Unlikely Homeschooler and The End in Mind, so be sure to check out those posts as well!

Egyptian Unit:  Make a Cartouche-The Unlikely Homeschool

Image from the Unlikely Homeschooler

Pottery:

Using Air Dry clay (Walmart), kids can easily make a little pot or some other form of pottery. You could pick up some paint and have them decorate the next day after their pottery has dried.

Clay Pots

Brickmaking:

See Group’s Materials for information on this.

Barbershop:

I thought I might ask one of the moms who braids well to do some braiding. I picked up some pony beads at Oriental Trading to put on the ends of each braid to make it look more festive. (7.99 for 1lb bag).

Braiding Hair (Egyptian Activities)

Basketweaving:

I picked up a set of patterns at Oriental Trading that use yarn to make tiny baskets. I know some people are going to do “the real deal” with soaking reeds and making baskets that way. That was a little over our price range, but might be good if you can offer it just to the older kids. You can get basket weaving supplies here.

Basket Weaving (Egypt Activities for Kids)

Coloring Station:

There are lots of Egyptian coloring pages out there (just google!). I thought this might be a good station for the timid Team Member who wants to get their feet wet (but not too wet!). It would also be good for the Preschool Group who is always looking for something to do outside their classroom.

Crayons

Food Shop:

Simple snacks again this year: Fresh baked bread (a big hit!), dried fruit, sliced apples, crackers and cheese, etc etc.

Crackers and Cheese (and other Egyptian snack ideas)

Jewelry:

Still looking for leather headbands/wristbands, but this shop could feature making jewelry with the giant bag of adhesive jewels I picked up at Oriental Trading.

Mummy Shop:

Check out this School Activity Website for ways to mummify dolls, chickens, and learn about canopic jars (is that too much for VBS?)

This Homeschooling Mom did a great post on the mummification process, complete with pictures every step of the way.  If you’re looking for something that takes a little more time, this could be your post.  They performed all the steps an Egyptian would take — very interesting!

Mummy That Doll!  (Egypt Activities for Kids)

Games :

For this, they could make and play the Senet game that seems to be so popular. I’m waiting for my books from Amazon to arrive for more details on this. I also just picked up two games of Mancala at Wal-mart for $5 each.

Senet game

What About You?

Let me know what your Marketplace will look like!

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Comments

  1. One website I visited suggested using a salt-dough to make a round cartouche and then carving Hieroglyphs with a toothpick. That’s an idea!

  2. Crystal says:

    I’ve made alot of our crafts for Egypt VBS out of mainly cardstock for the cartouch necklaces, it helps to know someone with a die cutter machine, felt for headbands, most craft stores have “faux” lether material by the yard it’s thin so we are braiding it to make it thicker. This website is a great for all kinds of ideas, we did use some of the same websites.

  3. Very nice work on your blog! I love crafts and my main hobbie is making quilts for the family. Just be sure to stick with it and keep updating!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the ideas — I’ll have to check out the faux leather, we’re looking for something like that. Have you had your VBS yet?

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  6. We always have clay in our market place and I get it from Discount School Supply along with my paint we use. I get the red brick clay, its in a 25 lb bag for around $20, and it has always been VERY popular with the kids.

  7. Loretta says:

    We did not buy headbands, we are making them out of belts. Bought tons at the thrift store and you can get 3-4 out of each belt. We then borrowed a leather punch and make holes in it. Decorating them with self adhesive gems and using yarn about 8 inches long that hangs from the headband with beads. The headband only covers from “ear to ear.” Then we punched holes in the ends to run yarn through to tie behind the head. Much cheaper this way and they are so cool looking!

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    Thanks — that’s very helpful!

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