When I taught Grade 5 in Toronto, we did a unit on Ancient Egypt with lots of hands-on projects and explorations and then the kids made a museum on additional Ancient Civilizations with the student teacher, creating a foldable poster, handmade artifacts, they dressed up, served food etc. The kids just loved the Ancient Egypt unit and we thought it would make a fun, unexpected theme for a Valentine’s Day box! 


We always find these items useful too: SmockCraftTray


  • Print out your pieces and cut them out.  If you want your cat to be double sided, then print two of that sheet.
  • Gently remove the plastic liner from your Kleenex box.
  • Glue your mummy inside the box to the bottom.  This will create a fun surprise for when people open the sarcophagus door!
  • Glue the four sides on.
  • Fold your cat along the line. Glue the fold to the top edges of your box (as seen in the video).  We printed an additional copy to have them double sided.
  • Have an adult either cut one side of of the mummy so it will open like a door (we used a craft knife and a cutting board) or cut the slit out to make a card slot. (Gently bend your sheet to make a snip and cut it out or get an adult to cut it out using a craft knife.
  • Glue your mummy on top of your cat tabs.
  • Print the matching cards if you like, inscribing a special message to your pals!

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Ancient Egypt Valentine's Day Box:  With these free printables and a Kleenex tissue box, make these fun sarcophagus to store your Valentine's Day cards!  Included is two options for printable cards as well!


  • Recognizing symbols associated with various places in time and location.
  • Celebrating friendship!

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • A craft knife should only be used by an adult and stored in a safe spot when not in use.
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