Yummy Mummies and Yucky Mummies

mummies

Here is WRAP UP 😉 of our mummy studies:

During the days of Joseph, Ancient Egyptians were wrapping mummies, building pyramids, painting tombs, and burying treasures all because of a great concern for pleasing false gods, avoiding personal extinction, and the quality of {after}life!  It has been interesting to investigate their beliefs.  But first, the not-so-serious stuff– food!  🙂  We had a lot of fun making YUMMY MUMMY MUNCHIES!

mummy dogs

more mummy munchies

And now for the more serious stuff and some yucky mummies.  Why did Egyptians go through such an elaborate process for the dead?  {We took great care to study this part of Egyptian history through the lens of God’s Word.}  We’ve already studied pyramid-building.  The long, hard, drudgery of building a pharaoh’s tomb lasted more than 20 years and required a labor force of thousands of men.  We’ve recently learned that mummification lasted 70 days and included more steps than I can count! Treasures of all kinds were collected and placed in the pyramids.

Good discussion with the kids:  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matt 6: 19-21

Much care and preparation was taken to preserve a pharaoh’s body because Egyptians believed souls were perishable and must be recognized in the underworld. There was risk and danger of not being recognized by afterlife twins and spirits.   Salts from the Nile were placed on the body; organs were removed and preserved for use in the afterlife.  Many layers of shroud and linen were wrapped around the body as well as each finger and toe, for the pharaoh would need those, too!

More discussion:  “So it is with the resurrection of the dead.  What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.  It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.”  1 Corinthians 15:42-44

When a mummy was fully prepared for entry into the afterlife, it was buried in the pyramid with all that it would need for a life of prosperity and joy.  The mummy was also buried with The Book of the Dead, spells needed for a journey in the underworld before admittance into the afterlife.  Egyptians believed mummies (or bodies or souls or whatever?!) would be judged at the Hall of the Two Truths by 45 judges.  Their hearts would be placed on a scale and must be pure, lighter than a feather to enter.  If their hearts were heavy, the fire pit was their fate.  They would be devoured by an Egyptian demon, Ammit.

painting depicting the Hall of the Two Truths where the heart was weighed

painting depicting the Hall of the Two Truths where the heart was weighed

Even more discussion:  What is our salvation based upon?  How are we judged?  What will happen at Judgement?  What about our hearts?  What is faith, and what are works?  The kids took turns looking up many verses!  It was such a joy to see them wrap their heads around such big Bible truths and long to understand as much as they can about our Creator!  The twins helped us, too.  Their memory verse was:

Jesus said to him, I am

john 14-6

Thank you, Mrs. Jones for teaching us these hand motions!

Yucky Mummies:

mummy books

After studying the mummification process, we did some mummifying of our own!  We mummified apple slices.  I used this lesson plan from Education World.

BEFORE:

mummy apples

AFTER:

mummies revealed

Here are the pages we used for our “experiment”:

(click to print)

MUMMIFY APPLE 1

MUMMIFY APPLE 2

We added our experiment pages and the ones below to our notebooks!

mummy notebooks

MORE MUMMY FUN:

Here is a site where you can make your own mummy by following each step in the mummification process:  virtual mummy

What did the waiter say to the mummy?  “Bone Appetit!”  Here are more mummy jokes!

And that’s a WRAP!  🙂

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7 thoughts on “Yummy Mummies and Yucky Mummies

  1. Joyce

    Hi! Your blog title caught my eye so I started looking around. Hope you don’t mind. I’m also a Christian homeschooling mom, and I love your “mummy” ideas. That was a favorite topic of study for my kids, but I’m just not creative enough to think of fun activities to go with it. Thanks for the inspiration! We may have to revisit that topic.

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  2. godmadeknown

    Perfect timing! My oldest just finished reading through the book of Genesis and was all full of questions this morning on embalming and how Joseph expected them to take his body with them. I can’t wait to show him this post!

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    1. i have no greater joy Post author

      Kids always ask great questions! I’m sure I’ve read over that last bit numerous times without ever wondering about how all of that would happen. Leven recently asked me, “The Fall wasn’t really the first sin, was it? Satan must have sinned against God before that.” Or “If amphibians live in the water when they are young, and on land as adults, then the babies never see their mommies do they? That’s sad.” You are a deep thinker though! 🙂 You probably already have answers for all of this!

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  3. faithloveboyssnap

    Loved this! We haven’t studied mummies yet, but I will have to remember this when we do 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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