Most Egyptian families had pets. These animals can be found in many of the painted wallscenes in tombs. The cat was a favorite pet because it killed rats and mice in the house, and the Egyptians believed that the cat-goddess, Bastet, protected the home. Some cats may have been specially trained to help their masters when they hunted birds.

Children had a variety of toys and games. Some of these toys were buried in the children's graves so they could play with them in the next world.

Other toys have been found in the remains of houses. There were dolls, balls, tops, animal toys, and a board game that resembled checkers. Some children made their own toys, but there were also toy makers.