Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Ancient Egypt Project

The last month or two, we have been "doing" Ancient Egypt.  We have:

  • made a potato mummy - we cut a vaguely human shape out of a slice of potato, covered it with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and salt and left for two weeks in a sealed container.  The potato shrinks and blackens and goes a bit yucky.  You can then wrap it in bandages and voila you have your mummy.  If you were really brave you might try this with a chicken :-).  My recommendation would be to use a pretty big potato cos it is surprising how much it shrinks!

    [caption id="attachment_126" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Potato Mummy - Before"][/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_127" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Potato Mummy - After"][/caption]

  • made reed boats from bendy straws

  • made and played a game of Senet, making a board from rigid cardboard and counters out of air drying clay

  • learned how the Egyptians prepared bodies for mummifcation by playing this game on the BBC History site

  • played lots of games of Tutan Loot 'Em (a fabulous board game made by Orchard Toys)

  • made Pharoah's crowns

  • coloured in lots of Egyptian pictures

  • painted a life sized (well, Waif sized!) Ancient Egyptian man

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