Make an Egyptian mummy

This is an exciting investigation for years 3, 4, P4 and P5 that your pupils will never forget! The Egyptians were fascinated by the human body and were well known for preserving the bodies of important people by turning them into mummies. Anything that used to be alive can be mummified. Pupils will mummify a tomato by creating the conditions used in ancient Egypt and observe what happens over several weeks.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining how the Egyptians mummified a body
  • Printable instructions
  • A printable results table

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Antiseptic liquid or handwash
  • Paper towels
  • Salt
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Small jars slightly bigger than your tomatoes
Year 3, Year 4
Living things and habitats
Make an Egyptian mummy

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