The beginning of our Ancient History Museum
DS8 wanted to get started on some projects and so we went with the ones we had materials for already: Paper Mache Mummy, Carved Plaster Wall Frieze, and a Beaded Collar. These are all found in the excellent book Make History Ancient Egypt by Nancy Fister and Charlene Olexiewicz!
Creating the mummy from newspaper and masking tape.
The finished mummy (note: whole wheat flour isn't the best for paper mache) and the drying plaster.
The finished mummy! I painted the facial features and DS8 drew the symbols from another great book: Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book
Carving a cobra into "sandstone" (painted plaster)
The long beads were made from triangles cut from magazines, rolled around a straw and glued.
Assembling the beaded collar took a lot of patience, especially with the small-handed "helper" around
The finished collar turned out nice, but too fragile to wear on a daily basis
I'm looking forward to many more projects to fill up our museum as the year goes on!