Design a Sarcophagus

Fourth Grade Social studies Activities: Design a Sarcophagus

What You Need:

  • 2 pieces of butcher paper
  • Crayons
  • Oil pastels
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water
  • India Ink
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Tape two pieces of butcher paper together lengthwise.
  2. Have your child lay on the paper with their arms folded on their chest and trace around their body to make the shape of a mummy.
  3. Have your child use crayons and oil pastels to decorate bold Egyptian symbols all over the paper mummy shape.
  4. Your child can now crumple the mummy up into a tight ball.
  5. Have them straighten out the mummy and press it flat.
  6. Mix water into the India ink to water it down. The mixture is about 50/50. If the ink is too thick, it will turn everything black. If this happens, quickly wipe off the ink as much as possible with a rag and add more water to your ink mixture.
  7. Dip a wide paintbrush into ink and brush it on top of the mummy and allow it to dry.
  8. Hang your new mummy's home up on the wall and enjoy the beautiful art style of ancient Egypt!

Tips: Look up images of Egyptian symbols on the internet to use as a reference or for inspiration. One website to visit is:

Fun Fact: Pharaohs were put to rest in the pyramids, and had the most elaborate and decorated of all tombs!

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