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History’s Mysteries

Exploring Ancient Pyramids

What’s almost 500 feet tall and built out of more than 2 million individual blocks? The answer is not your little sister’s “really tall” Lego tower, no matter what she thinks. It’s the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of three pyramids that still stand in Greater Cairo, Egypt today. How were they built? By whom? Archeologists and historians have many theories—and they don’t all agree. Today, we’re heading to Egypt to find out for ourselves.

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Paper
  • Legos, blocks, or old boxes
  • Beads, marbles, or small rocks
  • An old egg carton
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

What did you learn about the Great Pyramid of Giza? Who really built it?

Dinner Discussion

How many triangles do you see in this drawing?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

60 minutes

Dig into how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built (get it? Dig in?)—and the mysteries still surrounding it.

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Decoding the Great Pyramid

This fascinating documentary from NOVA on PBS will take you inside the history of the Great Pyramid of Giza. (Before you start, click on the yellow "Close" box to get rid of that subscribe option!)

WATCH

Before You Start: Click on the yellow "Close" box to get rid of that subscribe option!

For younger explorers

Introducing the Pyramids

Join Joanna and Julia on their visit to Egypt to see the ancient pyramids in this video from National Geographic Kids.

create

15-45 minutes

Think you've got what it takes to build a pyramid from the ground up? Let's find out.

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Build Your Own Pyramid

Build a pyramid from Legos, blocks, boxes or outdoor materials (or in Minecraft!). Bonus points if you can create a space for a secret passageway to the tomb.

Short on stackables? Draw and decorate your own 2D version of a pyramid. Don’t forget to consider what it would look like from above.

For younger explorers

Pyramid Story

Draw a picture of a pyramid and a mummy you might find inside. Then, write a story about exploring the pyramid and the mummy it contains. Make sure you provide sensory details that describe how things look, feel, smell, sound, and maybe even taste.

read

15-30 minutes

Read on for some unexpected historical facts.

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Ancient Egyptian Surprises

Would you be surprised to hear that King Tut may have been killed by a… hippopotamus? Learn about that and other things you probably didn’t know about ancient Egypt.

For younger explorers

Visit the Ancient Pyramids

What did the pyramids look like outside and in? And what did they contain? Read on to find out.

play

15-30 minutes

Time to play one of the oldest games still played today: mancala!

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Make Your Own Mancala

Mancala is easy to learn—but hard to master. Start by making your own board. You’ll need you’ll need some beads, marbles, or pebbles and a simple structure to move them around on.

CHECK IT OUT

Pro Tip: Old egg cartons make great mancala boards. (But if you don't have one, you can draw your board on paper.)

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Get Playing

When your board is ready, learn the rules and give it a try.

move

30-60 minutes

Triangles are everywhere—partly because they’re one of the strongest shapes, which makes them useful in structures. Today, find some in your neighborhood.

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Triangle Hunt

Take a walk with your siblings or family and count how many triangles you find. Which is the biggest? How about the most unusual? How are triangles used?

Stay Safe: Make sure to stay socially distanced when you're out and about.

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