Coloring Ancient Egypt: An Activity Book for Kids of All Ages

May 21, 2020
An illustration that looks colored in with crayons, shows a blue sky behind the text, three pyramids below, a little blue river at the bottom of the illustration, and a palm tree at lower right, in the foreground.

The Harvard Art Museums have produced a coloring book to introduce kids to the art and culture of ancient Egypt. Through coloring pages, drawing exercises, a space to practice writing hieroglyphs, and more, Coloring Ancient Egypt explores Egyptian objects in the museums’ collections.

Coloring Ancient Egypt is easily downloadable and can be printed on 8.5 × 11 pages or used digitally on a tablet or similar device. We’d love to see your artwork and hear your feedback! Email us at am_dapp@harvard.edu with your creations, comments, or questions.

Coloring Ancient Egypt (English)
Coloreando el Antiguo Egipto (Spanish)

Share your artwork from Coloring Ancient Egypt on social media with #ColorOurCollections—on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Creators:
Jen Thum, the Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Academic and Public Programs, partnered with artist Hannah Herrick, a Ph.D. student in archaeology at Simon Fraser University, to create this fun educational resource for families. Also, check out Jen’s Art Talk: How Egyptian Art Works.

Editorial assistance for Coloring Ancient Egypt provided by Kate Smith, head of the Paintings Lab in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies; Inês Torres, Egyptology Ph.D. candidate and Harvard Art Museums intern; Doris Lin, curricular and student programs assistant; curators Susanne Ebbinghaus and Amy Brauer; and—most important—several children of Harvard Art Museums staff members who volunteered to field-test the book ahead of publication.