Egyptian Tomb Treasures


Ornate sarcophagi are often found in ancient Egyptian burial sites. Create an artistic treasure fit for a queen or king.


1. Ancient Egyptian kings and queens were often buried in elaborately decorated chambers. A stone or cement box (sarcophagus) was usually found inside the tomb. Images and words on the sarcophagus showed important events and interests in the person’s life. A sarcophagus could contain a coffin of solid silver, a gold mummy-board, and even a solid gold mask covering the face of the mummified pharaoh!

2. Choose authentic designs. Find out more about ancient Egyptian burial procedures so you can create a realistic sarcophagus. These are a few ideas to get you started. Sketch Egyptian patterns and designs with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Change your mind? Just erase!

3. Decorate your sarcophagus. Cover your art area with newspaper. Air-dry your project after each of these steps: Paint a recycled box with Crayola Tempera and a brush. Paint your patterns on the box with metallic colors of Crayola Premier Tempera. Add Crayola Glitter Glue to highlight prominent designs.

4. Cut a flap on top of the box. Cut a paper strip with Crayola Scissors. Cover it with glue from a Crayola Glue Stick and roll up tightly to form a knob. Glue it on the flap with Crayola School Glue. If you wish, fill the box with other replica burial treasures.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Create other Egyptian artifacts such as a cartouche or a canopic jar.
  • Research Egyptian architecture and re-create a sphinx (triangular pyramid).
  • Research Egyptian hieroglyphics and create a chart or poster showing the meanings of various symbols.
  • Assessment: Students explain the meaning of the designs on their sarcophagi and the context in which they were used.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • Glue Sticks
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • recycled boxes
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students learn about the culture and customs of ancient Egyptian civilization.

  • Students recognize Egyptian symbols, patterns, and artwork.

  • Students describe Egyptian burial traditions.

  • Students demonstrate their knowledge of Egyptian funeral procedures by creating replica sarcophagi.


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