Ancient Mesopotamia for Kids and Teachers - The Cradle of Civilization Illustration

Ancient Mesopotamia
The Land Between Two Rivers


Ancient Mesopotamia covered an area that was about 300 miles long and about 150 miles wide. The villages, towns and cities in ancient Mesopotamia were built between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. These two rivers flowed into the Persian Gulf. With all this water, it's no wonder the ancient Mesopotamians invented the first sailboat. They also invented the wheel, the plow, the first written language, and the first super hero! They made beautiful pottery, and built homes of sun-baked brick. They even built a library. The three main civilizations were the ancient Sumerians, the ancient Babylonians, and the ancient Assyrians. It was the first real civilization in ancient time. That's why Mesopotamia is nicknamed the Cradle (or birth) of Civilization. It's other nickname is "the land between two rivers".

Geography, History, Government

The importance of geography in Ancient Mesopotamia

Early Pioneers in Ancient Mesopotamia, settling down

Development of Agriculture

Development of Government

What does it take for a group of people to become a civilization?

Ancient Sumer

Ancient Babylon

Ancient Assyria

Trade & Commerce, Clay Balls and Tokens

Daily Life

Classes of People



Kids went to school

Toys & Recreation

Art & Craftsmen

Music and Instruments (hear it!)

Cuneiform the first written language

Cylinder Seals, personal IDs!

Royal Tombs of Ur


Deities, Legends, Inventions

Religion - A Big Part of Daily Life

The Gloomy Gods & Goddesses

Myth: How Marduk Became King

The Legend of Gilgamesh (the first superhero!)

Gilgamesh Makes A Friend - illustrated PowerPoint for kids

Gilgamesh and the Tree of Eternal Life

More Myths and Stories (some interactive, some animated)

Ziggurats - Temples

The Library at Nineveh

Hammurabi's Code - Written Laws

Hanging Gardens - Ancient Wonder, A love story

Inventions, Achievements - So Many Firsts - the Wheel, the Sailboat, the Plow, and more

Take the Quiz

Stories & Interactive Games

Interactive Quiz with Answers

Presentations in PowerPoint format

Lesson Plans for Teachers

Video Clips


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Stories & Games

Ancient Mesopotamia for Kids

Ancient Mesopotamia for Teachers

Presentations about Ancient Mesopotamia

Quiz about Ancient Mesopotamia

Sumer, Babylon, Assyria Clipart for Kids & Teachers

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