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SimMummy™

A Mummification Simulation

STEP 1:

 

You need to make the bodies of the dead pharaohs before you plan on mummifying them.

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

for your own use...
  1 sharp cutting knife
  1 fork
  1 long nail or knitting needle
  wire cutters
  1 empty barrel of a Bic pen
per student...
  1 potato
  1 orange
  2 buttons (the type with two or four string holes)
  1 piece of floral wire
per class...
  2 large plastic sweater boxes 

PROCEDURE:

1. Bend the floral wire in half and insert each end through two of the holes of the first button.

2. Slice off a piece of the potato to expose a surface for the face. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may even be able to use one potato for two kids by simply cutting it in half. Stab the rest of the potato (avoid damaging that royal face!) with the fork a few times. The openings in the skin created by the face and the fork holes help the potato to dry out during the mummification process.

3. Poke the nail (or knitting needle) through the center of the potato. Do the same for the orange.

4. Holding the ends of the wire together, gently glide them up through the holes you just made, going through the orange first.

5. Make sure the potato and orange are snug together, and then pass the ends of the wire through the second button. The buttons prevent the wire from tearing through the soft parts of the orange and potato.

2. Slice off a piece of the potato to expose a surface for the face. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may even be able to use one potato for two kids by simply cutting it in half. Stab the rest of the potato (avoid damaging that royal face!) with the fork a few times. The openings in the skin created by the face and the fork holes help the potato to dry out during the mummification process.

3. Poke the nail (or knitting needle) through the center of the potato. Do the same for the orange.

4. Holding the ends of the wire together, gently glide them up through the holes you just made, going through the orange first.

5. Make sure the potato and orange are snug together, and then pass the ends of the wire through the second button. The buttons prevent the wire from tearing through the soft parts of the orange and potato.

6. Twist the ends of the wire to keep it all together.

7. Cut off extra wire so that you only have about 1 inch sticking through the button. Fold the wire down so it's not sticking up.

8. Carve simple features on the face of the potato. Use the empty barrel of the pen for punching out eye holes and to carve a mouth.