Mummy Magic

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Make your own mummy! Using a combination of salts, transform an apple into a mummy and discover how the Ancient Egyptians used drying as one step in the mummification process. Note: The mummification of the apple may take up to two weeks. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 popsicle or craft stick
  • 1 medium-sized plastic bags that seals
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup sodium carbonate (washing soda, sometimes called powder bleach - check the ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Historical Reenactment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience