Egypt Unit Study – Apple Mummies [STEM Challenge]

I love to integrate science into my learning activities for my kiddos. A few months ago, we visited the Denver Museum, which had an Ancient Egypt display, and my oldest was very interested in the mummies – she wanted to know when they died and why they were all dried out. We discussed the mummification process, but I felt this may make more sense if we did it with a familiar food.

One of my girl’s favorite snacks are apples, so I cut a couple up to resemble Egyptian masks, and used the seeds to make eyes. It’s a long-shot, but I think it kinda looks Egyptian… haha.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Cup Coarse Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • Apples
  • Waterproof Bin (We used an Ikea Bin)

I had my kiddo mix up the different ingredients well inside the plastic container. Then we added the apples.

We covered each one quite well with the baking/soda salt mixture. Remember to remind your little ones that these treats are NOT edible after they are finished (also they would taste awful, haha)

Next we allowed our apples to sit for about a week – it was amazing how differently they looked. We talked about how the mixture absorbed the moisture in the apple and dried it out faster than it could rot. We talked about how the ancient Egyptians did a similar process with their dead bodies and how this is the reason that a body that is thousands of years old can still be relatively intact.

They look like mummies, don’t they? Haha….

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