First we learned what hieroglyphics are ...
And then we learned about how they were first translated using the Rosetta Stone.
After learning about hieroglyphics we found a very simple chart of single syllable hieroglyphics and set about writing out our favorite quote. There are lots of different charts out there for single syllables, multiple syllables, and entire words. We chose to go the simple route and use a chart that gave us a hieroglyph for each letter. Well, actually ours was missing a few letters so we had to write our words without some vowels and just sort of sound words out the best we could.
First, we made our own ink using soot crushed to a powder and an egg yolk. We added some black food coloring because out soot was pretty pale! We mixed it all together and added enough oil to make it smooth and an ink-like consistency.
Then, we used paintbrushes to scribe our sacred writing on to the papyrus. And then we took turns trying to translate each other's quotes.