Along with our Ancient Egypt studies we have been learning about mummies. Really, can you learn about Ancient Egypt without mentioning mummies? I was inspired by this post at All That’s Goood to make our own mummies out of action figures. (This picture comes from their blog, click the image to see the post.) Love these very colourful mummy cases from Dover that they used.
I hadn’t included this activity when I originally planned our Egypt studies so I hadn’t purchased these mummy cases. Since I didn’t want to wait for shipping, I found this printable sarcophagus colouring page and we turned it into a coffin for our mummies. (Although from the reading we’ve done, the title they’ve given this colouring page isn’t correct, this drawing is not of a sarcophagus but instead a coffin which would then be placed into a large stone sarchophagus.)
Like they did at All That’s Goood, we also removed the arms from our action figures so that they would fit nicely into our coffins. This turned out well for Ladybug, I only had two action figures (found on clearance) but the arms by themselves were just the right size for her to work on and she was happy to have her very own. First we anointed our mummies with oil.
Then we mixed up our mummy glue (flour and water).
We dipped strips of paper into the mummy glue mixture and wrapped our mummies (and their arms).
My kids just love messy projects. I think there is still some of this flour glue on the nearby floor. 🙂
We set the mummies in a sunny window sill to dry. I cut out the pictures that the kids had coloured and fashioned them into coffins. Then we buried our mummies with some weapons. Please excuse the sword that I’ve just noticed is rather unfortunately placed. If you knew my children you would not have to guess whose coffin that is. Not that it was done on purpose, but that kid is the class clown, just give him a few years and he will be doing things like that on purpose. (My husband will be falling off his chair laughing when he reads this.)
We have (of course) been reading a lot about mummies lately, I knew my 7yo would love the disgusting-ness of the whole process. Pulling brains out by a hook? Fascinating. I hadn’t really thought about my 4yo’s level of comfort with the whole subject, however. More than once he told me he did not want to be a mummy and I had to reassure him that he would never have to be one. No nightmares so far, so we’re good! 🙂 Here’s a link to my ancient history Pinterest board. Pinning as we go!