Friday, October 26, 2012

Countdown to Halloween - Mummy Theme

Today's theme for the 13-day Countdown to Halloween is "Mummies." We did a food treat, did some language arts activities, and an art project.

Food Treat

We made Mummy Dogs after seeing the idea on The Idea Room.

Two of the Mummy dogs that we made.

To make Mummy Dogs, we used a tube of crescent roll dough and hot dogs.  Each person wrapped the dough around their hot dogs slightly different so each Mummy Dog turned out different.

The girls wrapping crescent roll dough around hot dogs.
(Yes, that's my camera strap in the upper right hand picture.
That's why I should take at least a couple of pictures
so I can choose which one turns out.)

Olivia and I cut the dough and wrapped it around the hot dogs.

Olivia's Mummy Dogs.

Even with the same way of cutting the dough, the wrapping process makes each Mummy Dog unique.

Sophia didn't cut the dough for her Mummy Dogs. She wanted the hot dog almost all covered - like a corn dog.

Sophia's Mummy Dogs.

We bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (The recipe says the baking time could be between 12-15 minutes.) When they came out of the oven, we added drops of ketchup for the eyes.

Language Arts - Mummy Jokes

Since both the girls are at the age where they like jokes, here are a few mummy jokes I shared with them:

Q: What is the mummy's favorite musical program?
A: Name that tomb.

Q: What is the mummy's favorite flower?
A: Chrysanthamummies.

Q: Why don't mummies have hobbies?
A: They are too wrapped up in their work.

Q: Where do mummies go for a swim?
A: To the dead sea.

Q: Why don't mummies take vacations?
A: They're afraid they'll relax and unwind.

Language Arts

Both the girls enjoyed the Mummy Madness puzzle. After answering the clues, they put the letter matching a number into the correct box on the grid. The letters revealed the answer to the question about why people were so interested in stealing, buying, and using mummies.

Sophia working on the Mummy Madness puzzle.

According to Net Places, "You can understand why tomb robbers would steal gold jewelry. But why steal a mummy? Well, for hundreds of years, mummies were used all over Europe. In fact, they were so popular that the supply of real mummies ran short. Creative peddlers would make 'new' mummies using any dead body they could find."

The answer from the puzzle will surprise you - as it did us - as to what mummies were used for at one time.

Art Project

Today's art project focused on drawing a decorated mummy's coffin. Using pictures that other children drew of mummy coffins, the girls drew the outline first.

The girls looking at the examples of other children's drawings
on the computer.

Then, each added details to the coffin. Olivia chose to add color to her picture.

Olivia's drawing.

Sophia chose to keep her picture in black and white.

Sophia's drawing.

Although both weren't particularly happy with how their drawings turned out, I think it's important to have them try things they aren't completely comfortable with and see what happens. The process of creating is more important at this stage than the final product. At least it is in my eyes.


From One Zillion Books, there was a more complicated mummy maze which the girls started doing. There are multiple starting and finishing points on the maze. This is one of the most complicated mazes they've ever done before.


What Remains Now said...

As a lifelong lover of "pigs in a blanket" the "mummy dogs" look delicious.

Lauren Ivy Chiong said...

These activities look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

ramsaygrace said...

On Halloween night, my cousins and I took all our children trick-or-treating through the neighborhood, while my aunt stayed behind and prepared a "spooky supper." She actually served "Mummy Dogs" and I said...."Hey, I've seen these before!!" They were delicious and a HUGE hit among the children. :-)