The Magical World of Ancient Egypt: Wands, Bricks, and Babies

by  Penn Museum

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Discover how magic was used as medicine and protection by investigating
artifacts from the Penn Museum collection. Learn how ancient Egyptians
used magic wands and specially crafted bricks to protect babies from
birth through their first days in the world. Students will look closely
at ancient objects to learn the names of gods and goddesses and
understand how their imagery was used to ward off evil spirits. Then
they will design their own crescent-shaped wand that includes a
protective word written in hieroglyphs.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
View Only: 150.00
Point to Point: $150.00
By Request: $150.00

Cost: (30 students per workshop)
• $150.00 for each Virtual Workshop

Based on Class Size:
• 1-30 students are recognized as one class
• 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
• 60-90 students are recognized as three classes

• Able to assist Title 1 schools that need full or participial sponsorship for virtual visits


60 minutes (Able to be adjusted to fit your regular class period)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

Based on Group Size: 1-30 participants are recognized as one group

Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Family & Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Professional Development, Social Studies/History, Special Needs, STEM, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

You will be contacted by our Outreach Programs Manager directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check. This 15-minute test call is scheduled one week prior your first virtual visit and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating institution.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

1. Submit all cancellations in writing at least two weeks in advance.
• Send cancellations to outreach@pennmuseum.org. Include “Cancellation” in the subject line of the email.
• Phone messages will not be accepted to cancel a trip.
• Cancellation is only complete when you receive confirmation from the Penn Museum.
2. Cancellations made two weeks or more in advance will receive a full refund of the deposit.
3. No contact and repetitive late cancellations may result in a school’s inability to book future visits.

About This Provider

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects
and powerful stories that emerge from its excavations and research
across the world.

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the
Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the
pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native
American communities today.

Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of
our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human

Outreach Program Manager

Program Details


All virtual workshops can be tailored to fit your normal class period. Up to four consecutive virtual workshops can be facilitated in one day.

1. Hello from the Penn Museum
2. Brief overview of archaeology, anthropology, and artifacts
3. Review ancient Egyptian location and history
4. Introduce ancient Egyptian use of mythical practices as forms of medicine
5. Explore the iconography on ancient artifacts to identify the deities associated with protecting babies and early life in ancient Egypt
6. Make your own Wand and write name a protective term in hieroglyphs
7. Questions with our Museum educator


Essential Question
How will close study of ancient wand and the specially crafted birth brick reveal the magical elements ancient Egyptian believed were wrapped into the medical practices to protect mothers and the early lives of children?

Learning Objectives:
Students will...
1. Strengthen observation and reasoning skills through close object study
2. Develop their vocabulary and motor skills
3. Build an understanding of ancient Egyptian culture (daily life, writing system, and belief system)
4. Make connections between ancient medical practices
5. Experiment with using symbols to represent favorite objects

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core:
CCSS.ELA: Writing
Text Types & Purpose; Production and Distribution of Writing; Research to Build and Present Knowledge
CCSS.ELA: Speaking & Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Comprehension and Collaboration; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes; Reason with shapes and their attributes

State Standards

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