Studying ancient Egypt is an exciting adventure for both you and your child, especially when you immerse yourself in the period through the help of great books. BookShark covers Ancient Egypt for several weeks in both Level 1 for ages 6-8 and Level 6 for ages 11-13, so your children are exposed to this fascinating period twice during their elementary and middle school years.To supplement your reading, there are plenty of excellent movies to help you further visualize the ancient Egyptian culture, history, and geography. Below are my top 8 choices for online streaming about this ancient civilization. Take your pick from YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon.
YouTube Videos about Ancient Egypt
1. Kid’s Animated History Egypt
This short, animated show is perfect for kids using BookShark Levels 1 or 6. It explains how Ancient Egyptians took advantage the Nile's flooding and also explains how Upper and Lower Egypt unified. Your kids will learn fun facts about Egypt told in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
2. The Great Mystery of the Pyramids of Egypt
3. King Tut and His Treasure for Kids: Biography of Tutankhamun
Ideal for kids using BookShark Level 6, this five minute documentary offers a fascinating look at King Tut’s life and his tomb.
Netflix Movies about Ancient Egypt
NOTE: These shows are no longer available at Netflix. Hopefully you can locate them on other streaming platforms.
4. The Pyramid Code
This documentary explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt over the course of 5 episodes. The Pyramid Code features interviews with experts in many fields: geology, physics, astrophysics, archaeology, hieroglyphics, etc.
This BBC documentary dramatizes several exciting discoveries in Ancient Egypt including Tutankhamun’s tomb, several other tombs discovered in the 1800s, and the decoding of the Rosetta Stone. This is rated PG and should be appropriate for students using BookShark Level 6. Your budding archaeologist will love this documentary, but others should also find it interesting.
Amazon Films about Ancient Egypt
6. Ramesses II: The Great Journey
Follow the journey from Ramesses II’s death at the old age of 92 to the burial ritual. Explorers search for his tomb in this approximately one hour long documentary. Although it covers very little of Ramesses II’s reign, it is a fascinating look at what happens after his death. Rated G, this is appropriate for kids in both BookShark Levels 1 and 6, though those in Level 6 will likely find it more interesting.
7. Egypt’s Lost Queens
This documentary, which explores the Egyptian women who went before Cleopatra—Hetepheres, Hatshepsut, Nefertari, and Arsinoe--is rated PG-13, so you may want to screen it ahead of time. Watch this show to learn an angle of Egyptian history that isn’t often explored.
8. Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings
This documentary is hosted by Dr. Joann Fletcher, a renowned Egyptologist and the same person who hosted Egypt’s Lost Queens. Here, she examines the life of a couple who lived in Ancient Egypt and whose remains are now housed at the Egyptian Museum of Turin.
While your children are learning about Ancient Egypt and reading excellent literature related to the time period, choose some of these interesting documentaries and shows to teach your children in a different way and to enrich what they are learning. Bonus: Add in some of these hands-on activities, too.
About the Author
Melissa is a homeschool mom to three kids. BookShark is her primary curriculum, and she and her kids love it! When she's not homeschooling, she's either shuttling kids from one activity to another or working from home as a freelance writer. You can read more about Melissa's homeschool journey at her blog Moms Plans.