Categories: Homeschool

How to Make a Chicken Mummy

We finally finished our Chicken Mummy.


It took FOREVER.

The Ancient Egyptians could crank out one of those puppies in about 40 days; ours took at least twice that long. It was by far the grossest thing we’ve ever done. I can’t even tell you how gross it was. And stinky. It reeked. The pictures don’t do it justice. Husband was the only one who dared to touch it.

A word to the wise….do NOT use the fresh, organic, plump, juicy, humongous whole chicken found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Apparently there are frozen ones that are much smaller and less succulent. In my defense, I am a vegetarian and had never bought a whole chicken before. Pretty sure I’ll never buy one again after this! 🙂

I decided to put the instructions in printable recipe format down at the bottom of this post, just in case you are ever completely crazy interested in making one of your own. We used the instructions from The Story of the World, which is our main history book, but made a few of our own modifications. We also used the books Mummies Made in Egypt, Who Built the Pyramids?, Eyewitness Ancient Egypt, Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker: Mummies & Pyramids, and Tales of the Dead Ancient Egypt.

Overall, it really was a good learning experience. We now know a LOT about mummies and pyramids and pharaohs and Egypt. But, after almost 5 months of all things Egyptian, I think we are ready to move on. Rest in Peace, little guy. Rest in Peace.

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What’s the grossest or most interesting project you’ve ever done with your kids?

Ruth Soukup

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  • OMGosh - funniest thing I have read in a while! I don't think we'll be trying that one but thanks for the laugh!!!

    • LOL no, I don't really recommend it. Definitely one of those projects that sounds better in theory.

  • You are such an awesome Mom! What a cool project!

  • Wow that looks like a very complicated project! The girls are getting so big!

    • I is starting to freak me out a little at how quickly they are growing. Where are my babies??!!

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