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Salt Dough Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

I love Egypt and I love being able to share my love for this part of history with my daughter.

If homeschooling has taught me anything it’s that everyone needs space and everyone needs to slow down sometimes. I admit I’m not perfect, and I fell behind a few weeks ago in my well thought-out (if not overly ambitious) lesson plans. I was trying to hurry up and I was frustrated because my daughter was not learning at the same speed that I was teaching. I felt like a failure and I managed to find the strength to walk away from my failures.

We were learning about Egypt and I was trying to get Gaia to recognize the complexity of hieroglyphic writings. She wasn’t putting much effort into it and she gave up and I gave up. I ran to take a shower to chill out and I came out of the room fresh and clean. And then I spied this beauty on my whiteboard…

egyptian hieroglyphs

My whiteboard is my favorite investment because she always surprises me at the worst times with the best notes. She’s put me beside myself from time to time and made me realize why we’re doing this. The struggle is real.

She’s quite the independent worker though, and when I’m watching her or sitting with her she gets nervous and embarrassed that she can’t be perfect at everything. But if I leave her alone and give her the tools, she always pulls through stronger, smarter than I ever could have imagined.

And she’s never been a sharer. I’ll take her to some of our co-op classes and at the end of the day I’ll ask how it was and sh always says “Fine. I don’t want to talk about it.” She’s very final in her decision and there’s never been anything you can do to make her share then and there. Only when she’s ready to will she divulge the details of her day away from me.

Gaia is always excited to paint though. She’s my intense, artistic child and that’s always fine by me. So while she was away on one of her “secret” adventures I whipped up some salt dough for us to make a cartouche as we wrapped up Egypt. We did a few paper ones already, but I wanted something more permanent to celebrate our journey this far into homeschooling together.

egyptian cartouche tracing egyptian cartouche

You can read more about how to make your own on my post over at To the Moon and Back blog.

See Anders creepin’ in the background? That’s pretty much how every day is, except most of the time he’s much, MUCH closer. If we have anything to work on, it’s how on earth I’m supposed to keep him busy and happy while we focus on school. That, my friends, is still a challenge in itself.



  1. Such a neat idea! I have actually been working on an Egyptian study for my kiddos. I’m sure they would enjoy making these lovely cartouches. By the way, your daughter’s name is lovely! I’ve always loved the name Gaia for a girl. Blessed be!

    (P.S. Found you on Inspired Bloggers Network on Facebook!)

    • Thank you! I love mythology and felt so earthly when I was pregnant with her. Egypt is a fun part of ancient history. Many good vibes sent your way in planning!

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