As part of our studies of Ancient History (Nomads/First Civilizations through Fall of Rome) using Story of the World I, we are mummifying a chicken. Well, not a chicken. We decided to scale the project down to Cornish game hen size.
First – For our family, this is a Man Project. I turn the Activity Guide with the instructions in it over to my husband. He is the one that obtains the materials (other than the hen, which I picked up at the store) and sets aside time for the project each day/week with the necessary child-involvement.
Second – This is our second time doing this particular mummification project. Four years ago, the older two girls helped out. This time, it is child #2 (second time through) and child #3. I anticipate something like this occurring in another four years with child #3 (second time), child #4, and child #5. Too early to plan that far ahead, however.
Third – My darling husband tweaks the instructions because he is a miser with his salt solution. We liberally employ the hair dryer to help dry the chicken out faster. We encourage others to do the same.
Fourth – Remember, wash your hands frequently & well when handling & when finished handling the hen.Every day for the first several days (week?), he pulls out the hen, brushes off the salt, pulls out the hair dryer, and then repacks new salt solution into the bag. Eventually, it is ready to rub in oil & wrap in linen. We’re almost one week in & are definitely still in the drying-out stage. (Post updated at the bottom with ‘finished’ pictures.)