What do you think of when you think of studying ancient Egypt? Pyramids, papyrus, the pharaohs, hieroglyphics, gods and goddesses… and of course, MUMMIES. Recently my kids and I were studying mummies, and I was looking for a resource that would be entertaining but educational. I wanted an activity that would focus on the mummification process for kids, and engage my 6 and 7 year olds without getting too gory for my 3 and 4 year olds. I stumbled across a site from from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, in which Anubis (the god of embalming) leads you through the mummification process for kids by instructing them how to prepare the body for his journey to “the afterlife.” They each got to embalm their own Egyptian mummy!Please preview it first to see if this is suitable for your children- I did so first and loved it, but you know your kids best. My 4 kids each got a turn to be “in charge” of the clicking while the others looked on, and enjoyed it enough to ask if they could do it again the next day. There are also images from an ancient Egyptian tomb, and an Egyptian timeline.
More On-Line Egyptian Mummy Sites
- There is a slightly more complicated on-line mummification process for kids from the BBC that requires a bit more reading, which older children may enjoy.
- Discovery Kids has a “Mummy Maker” game that elementary school-aged kids would love.
- One final on-line mummy resource comes from the Birmingham Museum (UK) kids pages. This is a game that requires kids to read the clues and identify different objects found in mummies’ tombs. After clicking on clues in the tomb, children will reveal who is in the mummy.
For older elementary kids, The History Channel has this wonderful clip, that represents the mummification process:
If you enjoyed these on-line activities that showed the mummification process for kids, you might also like our 2 favorite books on Egyptian mummies.