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    Death to Barbie!!
    Jay is studying Ancient Egypt right now. He LOVES Ancient civilizations. He's a rather kinesthetic learner, so I planned lots of activities for our study. Today, we started making mummies. We use dollar store Barbie-type dolls (because they're cheap & hollow). It's a 2-3 day process. The first day, we pull out thier brains & organs (using a tiny crochet hook). Then, we cover them in salt. We don't wait the full 40 days, just overnight. Day two, we'll wash off the salt, rub oil on them, and start wrapping.
    Here's some pics of today's work:

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    Tomorrow or Wednesday, we'll have finished mummies! I know that some prefer to do the mummified chicken, but I like this way better. It's less time, cheaper, and I don't have to find room for a mummified chicken when we're done. We did this same project when Dea was in 1st & she loved it. We still have the mummies we made then. Now, we'll have four of them.

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    That is great! I will have to keep this in mind when we start learning about Egypt here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busygoddess View Post
    I know that some prefer to do the mummified chicken, but I like this way better. It's less time, cheaper, and I don't have to find room for a mummified chicken when we're done.
    Yes, about the darn mummified chicken... I have to say that's what sold me on SOTW because I thought that would be such an awesome activity to do. But when I got the activity book and read all the steps and how long we were supposed to take to make the darn thing (kind of stupid, I know, for me to think it'd take 1 or 2 days only!!) and then wondering what we'd actually DO with a mummified chicken here in HOT and HUMID Florida, I decided to forego the experience. Thanks for the photos, it was a good idea to use the cheap Barbies.

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    That's great! I think I may have to introduce something like this (or the mummified chicken) to my kids-looks like a lot of fun.
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    Alex has done action-figure mummies and the mummified chicken. He probably preferred the action-figures. I totally prefer the chicken. I think it's the coolest freakin' thing. We made it in October. I have it sitting on my desk where I work and it smells like cinnamon. It was a ridiculously messy fun amazing project.
    Jessica, mom to Alex (12yo, 6th grade, classical-eclectic approach)

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    Oh I love this idea. Question, what do you use for the organs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paganmomblog View Post
    Oh I love this idea. Question, what do you use for the organs?
    Our imaginations. We discuss which organs would go in Canopic Jars, why they left the heart in the body, and why they threw out the brain. We just pretended that we were actually pulling stuff out (though some hair usually comes out when removing the brain). We tried to make the amulets that they place between the layers when wrapping, but the kids can't make them small enough.

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    Death to Barbie!!
    We finished the mummies today, so I thought I'd post some more pics.

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    They look awesome!
    Jessica, mom to Alex (12yo, 6th grade, classical-eclectic approach)

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    I love them! Did you use glue with the gauze?
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