Ancient Egypt is fascinating, and the kids are both loving the subject. We have written heiroglyphs and cuneiform, made sugar pyramids, and dug a model of the Nile River. But as we were reading about mummies, the kids just didn't seem as enthralled as I had thought they would be. So I quickly came up with this easy mummy experiment to draw them in. There are a lot of great mummy activities you can do with dead chickens and oranges. But if you have limited time, maybe this one will work for you!
Prepare your doll. The red things you see on the doll are her organs. I cut simple shapes to represent the organs that would need to be used: circle for stomach, heart for heart, etc...
After announce to the kids that the Great Pharaoh had died I told them that as priests it was their job to prepare the body for the afterlife. We washed the body, removed all the organs except the heart, and washed them as well. Then we removed the heart and wrapped it in linen (toilet paper) and placed it back into the body. I even let the kids sprinkle targon on the body and organs to simulate the spices used in the embalming process.
After placing the remaining organs in yogurt cup canopic jars, we wrapped the pharaoh in strips of TP linen.
Prepare the Death Mask. I drew the basic shape and face but the kids did all the decorating.
Once the mummy was fully prepared we placed her in a magazine rack as her coffin (a shoebox would work well) and put the canopic jars around the tomb. Then we brought various items, plastic jewelry, toys, and other treasures to fill the tomb for the afterlife.
The kids really had a blast with this one and it was so easy. I seriously threw the whole project together with 20 minutes of prep. We kept our mummy around long enough to show Daddy and Grandparents and then unwrapped the doll and brushed of the taragon. I saved the death mask in our history notebook.