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

May 21, 2020
Index Magazine

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

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 with your creations, comments, or questions.

Coloring Ancient Egypt (English)
Coloreando el Antiguo Egipto (Spanish)
儿童涂色书 古埃及 (Chinese)
لون مصر القديمة (Arabic)

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

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.