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Exploring Egypt, from a child’s perspective (guest post by Elisa of Blissful E)


map of Egypt

See Egypt through a child’s eyes. Wander off the beaten track, right into the heart of the fascinating and ancient land. The capital, Cairo, is currently home to around 10 million people. Here are some sights you won’t want to miss:


boats on the Nile
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camels and pyramids
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men and boys with donkey carts selling vegetables
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Mosque Ibn Tulun Silhouette Cairo
pointy minarets on mosques
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Interested in learning more about Egypt? Here are a few free printables and books you might enjoy.

Free coloring pages for children:

Egyptian flag


camel and pyramids

Recommended reading for children:

Goodnight my Cairo

“A little boy is getting ready to sleep, and before he goes to bed he bids goodnight to all that he loves about Cairo in a tender heartfelt poem.” –from the publisher’s description


We’re Sailing Down the Nile

“…Krebs keeps the rhyming couplets simple and concise as she introduces a sampling of attractions… The artist presents a variety of settings, from farmers toiling along the shores to Cairo’s colorful skyline, and reinforces the role of the Nile as central to Egyptian life, past and present.” –Publishers Weekly


DK Eyewitness Travel: Egypt

My kids love looking at all the pictures in this guidebook.

There is so much to explore in Egypt – from cruising the Nile river, to climbing Mt Sinai, and snorkeling in the Red Sea. I hope this peep behind the scenes in Cairo has whetted your appetite to see and learn more!

exploring geography at mama smiles

Elisa is an American who lived in Cairo for two years soon after the birth of her first child. She and her family now reside in Perth, Australia. Her blog, Blissful E, is about parenting peacefully, sustainably, joyfully, and with a view toward maximizing long-term benefits for the entire family.

Exploring Geography is a new weekly feature on this blog, showcasing cities, states, and countries in a child-friendly manner. Email mamasmilesblog at gmail dot com if you are interested in contributing.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

16 thoughts on “Exploring Egypt, from a child’s perspective (guest post by Elisa of Blissful E)”

  1. Love seeing a post about Egypt, since I lived there as well. It is actually where I met my partner in life, love and parenting! (We were both students studying abroad). For that reason, and so many more, Egypt has a special place in my heart. Can’t wait to take our kids there someday!!

  2. we like to explore geography as a family.
    I really like the idea of seeing a country from our children’s eyes.

  3. This post is full of so many wonderful resources Mary Anne! Thank you so much to you and Blissful E for sharing them.

    This is a great feature to host on your blog!

  4. This is a wonderful post. Love the pictures, it is so fun to see right up personal how people live in their home lands.

  5. It must have been very interesting living in Cairo. I visited Egypt in 2001, and I still really hope to return one day. It’s an amazing country with so much history. Great suggestions on books and activities for kids.

  6. I love the family on the motorcycle too!
    Last year, while visiting Boston, we had one of those bikers take us to our car…he fit all 7 of us on his little carrier..and our triple stroller…crazy!
    This is such a fun post..thanks!

  7. I loved the “families sharing a single motorcycle” picture. I think its so much fun. All books seems interesting so will check it out too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Elisa | blissfulE

    It’s so fun seeing this, because it’s like a flashback to the wonderful time we had living in Cairo. Thanks for letting me guest post!

  9. I feel as though I just walked home along the streets of Egypt =)

    Thank you for the wonderful post, Elisa!

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