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Ancient Egyptian Costumes

{photo taken at our Egyptian History Day 2009}

Quick Announcement: This afternoon from 3-5 pm our very own AnnE Lorenzen (“The Hilarious Headmistress of Classical Logic and Rhetoric”) will be on the radio as a guest host for the Dave Congalton show on KVEC 920 AM. She will be having a conversation about logic and rhetoric on the air with two of our SLOCA middle schoolers. Spread the word and catch the show if you can! 

Yes folks, History Day is coming up… in fact, Down Home will be featuring a helpful History Day guide of sorts, with information about what to expect at our Night at the Museum event on Friday, November 22nd, so stay tuned for that. But for today, we know what you think about when you think about history day: COSTUMES!

First and most importantly, don't stress about it. If you aren't the crafty type, keep it simple (you can do a lot with a sheet!) and add fun accessories. Hit those after-Halloween sales. We know it's a busy time of year and don't want the costumes to be a burden, but kids love to dress up for our history events, and it truly does help bring history to life.

As our last update stated, costumes can include anything related to what we've studied this trimester:

“An ancient Egyptian, an archaeologist, a museum docent (dress pants and a button-down shirt), a mummy, a character from a piece of literature we have read this trimester (Ranofer, Gebu, Gilgamesh), an ancient god or goddess – so many fun choices!”

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to create an Ancient Egyptian costume, and today we have some links to share with instructions and suggestions. So if you are costume-challenged, never fear, just check out the following sites for easy do-it-yourself ideas. And if you have found something that works well, or if costumes are your passion and specialty, please share your own tips in the comments below! 

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  • Egyptian Makeup tutorial video – this video is probably more detailed than you need, but it’s not very long and it does do a nice job of showing how to do the eyeliner. Her results are quite dramatic!

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We hope these links will help get you started and inspire you to have fun creating Egyptian costumes for our Night at the Museum. If you have additional costume ideas, please share them in the comments below.

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