Before we start with our Crafts about mummies let’s check out some facts for kids first.
What Are Mummies?
A mummy can be a person or animal whose body has been dried and preserved after death.
Why Were Bodies Mummified in Ancient Egypt?
Egyptians could think of no better life than the present. They believed in life after death. So they mummified their bodies as a home for their souls and spirits. If the body was destroyed, they believed the spirit might be lost (source).
7 Fun Mummy Facts
The practice did not start in Egypt.
The Egyptians took 70 Days to mummify bodies.
They didn’t take the heart out.
Egyptians mummified animals as well.
Mummies only weighed A Few Pounds.
The mouths were often left open.
Mummification businesses made good money.
According to reports, an ancient South American culture (Chinchorro) was the first to mummify 2000 years before the Egyptians formed their own technique.
It took the Egyptians 70 days for their technique. They also left the heart in place and the mouth open.
Since they believed the heart was the “center of a person’s being and intelligence”. The mouth on the other hand was opened in a special ceremony so the dead still can eat and drink in their afterlife.
Did you know a mummy only weighs 5 pounds? That’s not much, isn’t it?
These and more facts about mummies can be found here.
Mummy Books for Kids
So now that we learned a little bit more about mummies, let’s have a look at some great books about mummies next.
Get ready to go back in time and discover one of history’s most fascinating civilizations – Ancient Egypt! This illustrated introduction to Egyptology is packed with stories of pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, gods, and more.
If you didn't like any of our mummy arts and crafts so far, go try this yarn wrapping mummy project with your toddler next. After cutting your mummy use yarn and wrap it around them. It will help your kids to work on their motor skills.