The kids took pens and drew some traditional Egyptian make-up on our dolls and then got to work tearing the 50 cent scrap of muslin I had purchased from the clearance bin at Walmart.
We took a bit of craft foam and used it to make amulets. These symbols the Egyptians thought brought good luck to the dead. We also used the foam too make some internal organs.
The priests who prepared the dead for burial washed their bodies, buried them in salts for 40 days, washed them again, removed their organs then oiled and spiced them. After we had our spices and oil in place, we washed, oiled and spiced our mummies in preparation for their journey to the underworld. We took out their liver, lungs, stomach and intestines as well and their brain. In Egypt the priest thought the brain was useless, so they threw it away. They thought the heart was where man thought and felt. It is the only organ they left in the body.
We took a moment to draw a heart on our dolls to represent the heart being left in the body.
Once they were wrapped, we added our amulets and some gems to finish them off. We then left them to dry for a day and a half.
And voila! Ready for the underworld where their hearts will be weighed against a feather to judge their deeds while in their bodies.