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Fun with Hieroglyphs: 24 Rubber Stamps, Hieroglyph Guidebook, Ink Pad (Box Set) (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – October 1, 1990

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670835765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670835768
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My third grade class was learning about Ancient Egypt. Last year several classes worked together, we used a stamp kit from another teacher which looked very similar to the one I purchased. The students stamped names in air-dry clay. Later they painted the hieroglyphics. The results were beautiful. The students enjoyed a fun,hands-on project. I purchased this kit and I am very disappointed. The hieroglyphics are tiny, they are too small to see in clay or paint. We stamped them on paper first, very unimpressive. The other version must have been older as it had much larger figures. It's a great idea but I would not buy this kit it just does not work.
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I had hoped that I could use this set/kit in my second grade classroom as a center. It is a bit too advanced for the average second grader but I am able to use it with the four G&T children in my class. After intoducing the components and going over the text together they are able to have lots of fun on their own. It encourages critical thinking as the children experiment with communicating in an alternative form. I wish the flap that forms the 'box' to contain the stamps and pad were made better. It is difficult to close and will not withstand much use. Since the back inside cover contains an esential resource (alphabet/hierglyph/sound translations) it isn't really a good idea to just store the book and stamps in another container. I am thinking of having a color copy of the cover made and laminated but I don't think I should have to do that. Putting that aside, I recommend the kit for children in grades 3 and up.
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By A Customer on January 11, 2000
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As a homeschooler we really enjoyed the "hands on" approach that this book with ink and stamps gave us. It was great fun and it helped us to understand the first written language a whole lot more.
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A Kid's Review on November 7, 2001
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This "book" has a mini book inside with cool activities, an awesome stamp pad to make things funner and on the inside cover a full list of hieroglyphs, their sounds, their meanings, etc. This is a great book if you want to teach your kids hieroglyphs becuase Its fun, easy and very interesting.
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This is a great little book and stamp set. The stamps are quite sturdy - the backs are hard plastic (not that cheap foam like in so many sets) and the images themselves are not rubber, more like a silicon or soft plastic. The stamped images are crisp and clear.

The book provides interesting information about the history of hieroglyphs - my children were riveted to the section about the Rosetta Stone. They loved using the stamps to write coded letters to each other, and trying to translate them.

Also, they made their own name cartouches (sp) using shrink plastic (Shrinky Dinks) - these turned out REALLY cool and they strung them on a black cord.

Highly recommended for any Egyptologist or stamping addict.
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As I write this, my fingers are still stained with the ink from making my own hieroglyphs with the stamps that come with this set.

Although it may seem that a set of rubber stamps may be geared more for children than adults, there is a lot for adults to enjoy about this brief overview of ancient Egyptian writing.

In addition to showing how Hieroglyphs relate to sounds and can be used to represent modern English words, the book gives a primer on ancient hieroglyphic writing. I learned a lot that I didn't know, and I would have considered myself an "interested amateur" before reading this book.

The text is written in an easy to understand manner than is entertaining and informative. The section on writing your own hieroglyphs puts you well on the way to interpreting them yourself, although the book doesn't get into the specifics of ancient Egyptian. It is possible to sound out what the words might be, but that gives you no clue to their meaning, but what can you really expect from a book that's called "Fun with Hieroglyphs?" It's not a textbook! It's FUN!
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I was excited to purchase this Hieroglyphs set to use in our homeschool as we study Ancient Egypt. However, I am looking into returning it now, after trying to use it this morning. I see that there are other good reviews, and I don't know if the nearly 100 degree heat has affected the stamps I received & they were damaged before I received them (the part you actually stamp with is a thin, rubbery type plastic), or if they are just poorly made, but we had trouble getting any kind of decent 'stamp impression' out of the stamps. My daughter was getting frustrated, because neither she nor I could get a the whole picture to print. For example, the owl's wing wouldn't stamp, or the head of the snake, etc. We quickly realized the ink pad it came with wasn't working so I got out a couple different ones we had already at home & tried them, and we did have a slightly improved experience, but we never got any of the stamps to leave their entire picture, or a clear impression. Like I said, I was excited to receive the set based on the reviews & that it is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but our experience was definitely not great.
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My kids--toddler to tween and in-between--all were excited about this one. When I pulled it out, they could not resist examining the stamps and trying to stamp messages. The enclosed booklet has phoneme charts to allow you to spell out words (like your name) with the hieroglyphs, codes to solve, and, of course, the requisite history of the rosetta stone, scribes, papyrus, etc. There's even a section on the Ancient Egyptian counting / math system, so children can learn about Egypt throughout their curriculum. (Great for homeschooled or self-motivated kids.) It is really the perfect mixture of educational information and fun stuff to do. The book is beautifully illustrated, too, with color photographs of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and art.

This book definitely has more to offer than the popular Hieroglyphs, even though the latter is much cheaper. This book is aimed at a higher reading level, but the stamps have such appeal for every age group, and the pictures are so informative all by themselves, that even a child in first or second grade could get a lot out of this book. Older children will get the most out of it, since it offers so much information.

Really, this is a great choice for families looking for one resource to share with children of different ages on this subject.
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