21 February 2013

Ancient Egypt project: how to mummify Action Man

We've been doing various projects on Ancient Egypt and a favourite topic is mummies. Inspired by a post on Kids Activities Blog, Mummification: Let’s Mummify Barbie!, we decided to make an Action Man Mummy.

We collected the things we would need to mummify Action Man (and his cat) then started the mummification process.

Click on the picture to enlarge it and see what we used

First Sunnyboy removed the organs, leaving the heart, and put them into canopic jars. Then he removed Action Man's brain (by inserting a long hook through his nose) and discarded it. He used salt to dry out the body and oils to anoint it.

After the preparations were complete he wrapped the body with linens. Finally he put the death mask on Action Man Mummy and put it in the sarcophagus along with the mummified cat, canopic jars, the Book of the Dead and clothes, food, money and jewels for the afterlife.

We also visited the Ancient Egypt galleries at our local museum and looked at real sarcophagi, canopic jars and a mummified cat.

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14 February 2013

Teddy had a baby

Sunnyboy loves playing with cuddly toys and often buys cuddly toys from our charity shop. When he was younger Monkey was his favourite but for the last couple of years the favourite has been Teddy. The other evening, after Sunnyboy had gone to bed, I found a mini teddy bear that I'd bought and hadn't yet given to Sunnyboy. I left the little teddy in big Teddy's lap, on the sofa, for Sunnyboy to find in the morning. The next day when Sunnyboy woke up and went into the living room he was so excited. He came running to me and said, "Mama, Teddy's had a baby", then added, "I didn't know Teddy was a girl".

I love you Sunnyboy. Happy Valentine's Day.