Geronimo Stilton The Curse of The Cheese Pyramid is another fun book in the series of Geronimo Stilton books. It is the second book in the series.
Elementary students will love taking their favorite Geronimo Stilton book and turning it into a mini unit study with a few hands-on activities.
The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid is another adventure for Geronimo Stilton. He is off to Egypt to the Great Cheese Pyramid.
So, this hands-on activity I am sharing with you today, mummifying a Barbie gives kids a little bit more understanding of the mummification process.
And you can easily tie in science and history perfectly with the fun book The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid. Matter of fact most of the books highlight some kind of geography or history.
Even if your kids are older like middle or high school the same activity can be altered to make it a bit more challenging so that the whole family can join in.
Books Of Geronimo Stilton
If you don’t know about Geronimo Stilton books let me give you a quick little overview. The fun series is aimed at early readers or ages 7 to 10 years old
And they follow the many and varied adventures of Geronimo Stilton editor and publisher at The Rodent’s Gazette.
Too, they read similar to a graphic novel.
For instance, the words are highlighted in different fonts, sizes, and colors. The series make it an engaging read for kids.
They are silly and outlandish which makes it especially great for reluctant readers.
Another point about the different fonts and colors of words are that some are for emphasis.
However, quite a few make great lessons for vocabulary, spelling words, and introduction to the eight parts of speech.
So be sure to make note of the words for several chapters.
And have your child look up the words and make flashcards to round out this mini lesson.
You certainly can use this fun book as a spine for language arts. Too, you can use this spine as independent reading or for a read aloud.
Ancient Egypt Mummifying a Barbie Craft
However, one of the best parts of each book is that you can add hands-on activity as Stilton is always on a globe-trotting adventure.
Today, since Stilton is off to Egypt, we learned about mummies in Ancient Egypt
Look at this short list of supplies to make a Barbie mummy.
- A Barbie or similar doll (we grabbed a cheap one from Dollar Tree)
- Cooking oil
- Salt (we used Epsom since we had that)
- large dish big enough for the body to lay in
- Essential oils
- Scissors and construction paper
First, we made a death mask from construction paper and laid it aside.
Your kids can get elaborate with this part or keep it simple.
Then we made simple canopic jars by drawing them on paper.
After drawing the jars, we cut them out and taped them into a tube shape.
A quick google search will show you what each of the four gods, Hapy, Imsety, Duamutef and Qebhsenef looked like and which housed which organs.
We also used our TOOB Organs to examine the organs closely,
Then, we laid them out and talked about each function as the kids pretended to extract the organ and place it in the canopic jars.
Next, this portion of the activity can be done or finished while you read aloud.
Have your child finish the death mask. And let your child draw them with whatever art medium they choose. We used markers.
First, the brain was pulled out through the nose, but considered unimportant in ancient Egyptian times, it was just tossed out.
Then, the stomach, intestines, lungs, and liver were extracted and placed in the correct jar.
The heart stayed in place in the body. Use tweezers for this part and let them pretend they are extracting each part.
Next, Egyptians would cover the body in salt to remove all moisture, this would take weeks but for the sake of time we waited just a few minutes.
We used Epsom salt as we had a ton on hand already.
And then we placed our prepared body in a large tupperware container and covered it in salt as well as we could.
Finally, the body would be anointed with oils and wrapped,.
If you have some on hand add essential oils to a little bit of cooking oil to add to the sensory experience, pour over the entire body.
We tightly wrapped our Barbie head to toe and then affixed her death mask with a bit of tape.
Obviously, you know your child best and can include the parts that you would choose and gloss over those that might be too much for a younger child.
For example, for older children you can add ideas like labeling the organs, give them spelling and vocabulary words like sarcophagus, hieroglyphic, and etc.
Too, you can extend the lesson by having them give a presentation in front of the whole family on the mummification process.
Geronimo Stilton The Curse of The Cheese Pyramid covers everything from mummies to pyramids as well as mentions of camels, pharaohs, and the eye of RA, giving you a large base for a unit study.
I can’t wait to dig in a little deeper and share more hands on activities with you! What do you think? Are you going to add this to your list of hands-on activities?
Other Resources You’ll Love
- Easy and Fun Who Is Geronimo Stilton Rodent Notebooking Page
- Fun and Easy Hands-On Ancient Egypt Craft: Create Canopic Jars
- Ancient Egypt Homeschool Unit Study – Hands-on and FUN!
- Hands-on Ancient Egypt: Israelite Mud Bricks for Kids
- Fun Hands-On History: Ancient Egyptian Collar Craft
- Free Ancient Egypt Mehen Printable Board Game (Hands-on History)
- Ancient Egypt Civilization (Hands-on History): King Narmer Crown