Ancient Egyptian art and culture is fascinating, and it’s important to incorporate hands-on activities to help students learn about Egyptology. One of the iconic images from ancient Egypt is the scarab. Scarab amulets were worn for good luck and protection in ancient Egyptian times, and they’re pretty easy to create with clay. This activity will take 2 class periods: one day to sculpt, drying time, and then the second day to paint. After these amulets dry, they can be strung like large beads and worn as jewelry.
The PDF file includes a 3 page lesson plan that describes how to create ceramic scarabs with step-by-step directions and illustrations. There are also 5 large black and white illustrations to print to show students as how-to examples. There are also 2 large colorful scarab illustrations to show students, and the illustrations are also included in black and white versions for easy printing.
These Egyptian-style amulets can be created with traditional earthenware clay, air dry clay, or polymer clay. This assignment could be done in any classroom, and the directions are very easy so non-art teachers can use this assignment as part of an Egyptian history unit.
This lesson plan would work well as a follow up to ancient Egyptian lecture, such as: From Ancient Egypt
This work by Klaire Pearson
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If you like the scarab illustrations, purchase your own set of ancient Egyptian clip art: Mummy's Tomb