FREE Resources About the Sphinx

February 28, 2021

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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Are you studying Ancient Egypt or Egypt in your history this year? If so, you and your children will want to learn more about the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx.

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The Great Sphinx is an iconic landmark of Egypt. It is easily recognizable by young students as a symbol of Egypt along with the large pyramids. But do your children know the history of this interesting monolith?

Sphinx statues were built by Egyptians to guard important places such as the tombs of pharoahs and temples. A sphinx is a mythological creature that derives from Greek mythology. It has the body of a lion and the head a person. The head of these statues were almost always carved to look like a pharoah or a god.

Let’s learn about the most famous sphinx ever created – The Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx is located at Giza, in Cairo, Egypt. It is a monolith and one of the largest and oldest statues in the world. It was was carved out of a solid piece of limestone rock in a bedrock trench. It is the largest free standing sculpture to survive from the Ancients time period. This statue is over 240 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 66 feet high.

If you visit Egypt today you can still see this statue, but it has definitely seen better days. At one time it was brightly painted and the sphinx had a braided beard and a full face. It’s eyes and nose alone would have been 5-6 feet tall! The weather, sand and time has eroded it over the years.

Today it is the color of the desert and it is missing a nose. There is no clear evidence on how it’s nose went missing, though there are lots of theories. You will learn more about those theories as you dig deeper into researching this fascinating statue.

Learn more about the history of the Great Sphinx with these free resources:

Articles and Fun Facts for Kids:

The Great Sphinx and the Glimmering Light of HistoryAmazeing Art

The Great Sphinx and legend of the sphinx with quizDucksters


The Great Sphinx facts, information and photographs for kidsKids Kiddle

18 Sphinx Facts for KidsFacts Just for Kids

The Great Sphinx Facts and WorksheetsKids Konnect

Uncovering Secrets of the SphinxSmithsonian Mag

The Great Sphinx of GizaTour Egypt

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Printables and Lesson Plans:

Printable Egyptian Sphinx Paper ModelTwinkl

Why was the Great Sphinx Built?

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Save the Sphinx Lesson Plan and Building ActivityCrayola

You can find a digital activity guide with printable activities to learn all about the sphinx called Think Sphinx found under Family Guides at the Metropolitan Art Museum.

Egyptian Pyramid Project and Sphinx Build Grades 6-8Teachers Pay Teachers

The Great Sphinx Statue Lesson PlanLesson Planet

Websites and Virtual Tours:

Explore Ancient Egypt and the Great Sphinx in this interactive tourNOVA

Digital Giza is a project based at Harvard University. It is an online digital repository of all archaeological documentation for the Sphinx and the pyramids in Giza. It is available to view in digital models on the website.

How to Tour Egypt’s Pyramids and the Sphinx with Google Maps

The Great Sphinx of GizaAncient Egypt Online

Ancient Egypt is a lot of fun to study with your children in history. There are tons of hands-on activities you can immerse your children in to help make this time period come alive.

Check out these other Ancient Egypt Resources:

FREE Ancient Egypt Guided Drawing Unit –  This fun notebooking unit is for elementary and middle school ages. Your children will read about 10 different aspects of and they can draw half the image or the entire image on the grids provided. A short review quiz is also included for checking reading comprehension.

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Newspaper Writing Prompts About Ancient Egypt

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