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Ancient Egypt - Everyday Life
Ancient Egyptians chewed mint leaves to relieve stomach upsets.

Ancient Egypt - Everyday Life

Ancient Egypt is one of the civilisations looked at in KS2 history. Not only the pharaohs and pyramids but also the everyday life of ordinary folk living at the time.

Ordinary living and everyday life in Ancient Egypt was about the family. In Ancient Egypt, children were the heart of the family. If a couple could not have a child, they adopted a child. The River Nile was an important part of the life of an Ancient Egyptian, allowing crops to be grown. Without it the land would be a desert. The Ancient Egyptian civilisation existed for three thousand years and traces of it can still be seen today.

What was everyday life like for the ordinary people living in Ancient Egypt? What clothes did they wear and what did they eat and drink? Play this quiz and find out!

1.
What was used to cook rich Egyptians' food?
Range
Gas oven
Cylindrical clay oven
Fire
The oven was similar to a tandoor oven, used in India to make flatbread. Dough was stuck to the inside of the oven and peeled off when it was cooked
2.
What did the Egyptians use to make paper?
Flax
Wood
Papyrus
Cotton
The earliest known papyrus is 4,500 years old and was found in Egypt in 2013
3.
How did Egyptian men often have their hair?
Bald
Long
Cut short
Curly
They sometimes had a long plait on one side of their head or wore a wig
4.
What was a crotala?
A head dress
A jar
A musical instrument
A toy
It was similar to castanets
5.
What type of fabric was made from flax?
Cotton
Wool
Nylon
Linen
When the tomb of the Pharaoh Ramses II was discovered in 1881 the linen inside was perfectly preserved after more than 3000 years!
6.
What did Egyptians usually wear on their feet?
Fur boots
Leather sandals
Canvas shoes
Slippers
Sandals dating to 2000 BC were held to the foot by thongs between the big toe and the second toe, similar to modern day flip-flops
7.
What did Egyptians mostly drink?
Water
Wine
Beer
Orange juice
Beer was part of the diet of Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago. It was also used in religious practices
8.
What did Egyptians chew to relieve stomach upset?
Mint leaves
Wheat
Figs
Papyrus
Egyptians knew a lot about medicine and used plants to relieve all sorts of ailments
9.
What were Egyptian houses built of?
Wood
Stone
Wattle and daub
Mud bricks
Mud left behind by the yearly Nile floods was made into bricks which were used for building. Bricks were made by mixing the mud with straw and then drying them in the sun
10.
Why did the Egyptians want the Nile to flood?
It killed their enemies
It washed away diseases
It made the land fertile
It drowned the evil spirits
The River Nile would flood each year and when the waters went down they left silt behind which fertilised the land

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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