Mummification for Kids

Mummification for Kids

Kick off the spookiest time of the year with an art project inspired by the ancient Egyptian process of mummification. Easy enough to do between homework assignments or even on the road, masking tape mummification is the perfect Halloween activity. Just don’t be surprised if unusual items in your house suddenly get mummified!

What You Need:

  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Pencil case
  • Masking tape
  • Table

What You Do:

  1. Have your child rip strips of masking tape, placing one end of each strip along the table edge. Make sure he rips of strips of varying lengths. Some should be as wide as his notebook, and other should be no more than an inch or two long.
  2. Let him place one long masking tape strip horizontally on his notebook. If the strip is a bit too long for the notebook, just have him rip or cut the excess part off.
  3. Have him continue until the entire notebook is covered with horizontal strips. Help him slightly overlap each strip against the last one.
  4. Help him lay two or three strips at diagonal angles across the horizontal strips. These strips do not need to be as wide as the entire notebook.
  5. Let him extend at least one long strip off of the notebook to look like a piece of wrapping that has come undone.
  6. Help him fold the sticky part of this undone wrapping shut so it won’t stick to anything.
  7. Have your child use his yellow, gray and brown crayons to lightly shade and color in small sections of the masking tape. Don’t let him overdue it! Tell him that these bits of color will make the tape, or “mummy wrappings”, look weathered and old.
  8. Now have your child repeat this same process with his pencil case, pencils and scissors.

What else can your child mummify? As long as he has a roll of masking tape, he can be the grand pharaoh of mummification!

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Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

This year, ditch the boxed caramel corn and spend some quality time in the kitchen making your own! Our homemade version of caramel corn is fresher and bolder than any you’ve tried, and makes for a great cooking project. Wrapped in some festive cellophane, they make a delicious quick gift for friends and family. The best part is, your child can adjust the flavors to make her caramel corn really unique!

What You Need:

  • 6 cups (or 2 full bags) popped popcorn
  • 2 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Dash of salt

What You Do:

  1. Place the popcorn in a large bowl and help your child make the glaze. In a small saucepan, heat up the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup and stir it together, until it comes to a boil.
  2. Let the sauce simmer on low for tow minutes. Then carefully pour the hot sauce over the popcorn.
  3. Have your child stir the popcorn and caramel together until all the popcorn is coated. This is a great time to add in tasty mix-ins like nuts, chocolate, peppermint sprinkles or cinnamon.
  4. To finish the caramel corn, add a sprinkle of salt and let cool for a few minutes before digging in.

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