Days 4 and 5: Ancient Egypt Day (sorry for the Readers Digest version, but we had back-to-back camps. Don’t worry, I’ll catch up later. Believe me, you don’t want to miss the Mummified Chicken)
Ancient Egypt Day was a special request from Ben. When he first suggested it, I think he may have had in mind that we actually GO to Egypt. (I travel a bit for work so I suspect their imaginations were working over-time with possibilities….)
The day was themed Ancient Egypt, which took the possibility of travel out of the equation. Please note: the boys did not point out that I am ancient….so you don’t need to. Really. No need.
Day four was our last unrushed morning, so we decided to celebrate with breakfast and a movie.
They asked for regular pancakes. No shapes. Just big pancakes, and a lot of them. They were very hungry. No shapes. Where did my little grandsons go? What? No Shapes?
I couldn't resist. They're still babies to me. (Secretly, I think they liked the initials)
I made thirty-eight pancakes, they ate all but four. Boys eat. A lot. All the time.
Then we began the Ancient Egypt Day activities. As you might expect, we began by writing our names in Hieroglyphics.
We used Shrinky Dinks and each boy made their own Cartouche with their name written in hieroglyphics..
I hadn’t used Shrinky Dinks in decades. I LOVE Shrinky Dinks. I need to make something else out of Shrinky Dinks, but can’t imagine what that would be. Any ideas? Seriously. This stuff is fun….but I really don’t need any more cartouches (is that the plural of cartouche? Should it be cartouchi?)
Oh, sorry, back to the project.
A cartouche is essentially a name plate. It's oval shaped and contains the person's name.
There are "rules" for making a cartouche, and Charlie was intent on following them all. I love the concentration.
It is more exciting than you can imagine to see the shrinky dink shrink. But here's a tip. Be sure the oven (or toaster oven) is pre-heated.
If the oven isn't pre-heated, you may run into a problem. As you can see, Charlie's cartouche is not .... exactly....um....flat.
Here is R.J.'s cartouche. He was a bit disappointed that he only had two initials, but quickly figured out that he could use his initial from his last name. Three symbols is much better than two.
Ben's name is also three symbols. He decided he wanted to add a rubbing of a lion. It didn't turn out the way he wanted, so he turned it into what he called "angry tomato". Ben marches to the beat of his own drum....
and.poor Charlie. He did everything right, but Grandmama didn't know that she needed to pre-heat the oven, so back to the drawing board. At first we thought it had to do with which side we put the shrinky dink, shiny or rough.
So we gave it another try...or two.
and we finally got it right (meaning Grandmama finally figured out the pre-heating requirement). Unintended consequence? Charlie got really good at drawing falcons....
Next on our Egyptian hit parade....we made boxes to hold our game pieces for the game of Senet.
I'll post the entire process with all the rules in a couple of weeks, but Senet is a game that the Pharoahs played. In fact, there was a set in Tutankhamun's tomb.
It rained all day, but we needed to get out of the house, so we went to a movie....with REAL butter on the popcorn. Oh, what was the movie? Um...did I mention that they use REAL butter on the popcorn?. A stop at Culvers (butter burgers....yum) for lunch, and then back home.
Back in Ancient Egypt, I found a 3-D puzzle that was shaped like a pyramid when done. The boys spent quite a bit of time constructing the base.
The puzzle was a bit harder than I had anticipated.
Once they got the base done, we moved on to the next....and the coolest.....project.
We learned how to Mummify a Chicken!!!! I will be posting the entire process in a few days. I promise. Mummifying King Cluck was one of the highlights of the week. (Perhaps not for King Cluck).
To round out the theme of Ancient Egypt, we went to The Field Museum in Chicago. It's only a few hours from us, and well worth the trip.
....and they haven't even seen Steve Martin do King Tut!!!
We met Virginia, a docent at the Field Museum. What a wonderful resource for all of us. The boys knew enough about Ancient Egypt to be interested in everything they saw. Virginia was very knowledgeable and could tell she had a captive audience, so it was a perfect match.
We are still trying to figure out what to put in King Cluck's sarcophagus (remember? the mummified chicken?) I think we ruled out gold.....I hope.....
They were excited to show her their cartouches and told her about the Senet game, but Virginia was MOST excited to hear about King Cluck. Fair is fair. They told her about their mummified chicken and Virginia showed them some human mummies!!
Thank you Virginia!! We spent almost three hours in the Ancient Egypt exhibit. The boys made us so proud. They asked intelligent questions, had a point of view and were very interested in everything they saw. (Virginia, be sure to leave a comment! We'd love to hear from you!)
Look, it's Ben's angry tomato!!
I will be posting more of the boys activities over the next couple of weeks, but it is now Monday night and we have three new campers all tucked into bed. We picked up Kevin, Carson and Luci (the middle’uns) this morning and have a whole bunch of NEW activities to enjoy over the next few days.
Exhausted? You bet. But we couldn’t be happier.
And now, as an appropriate end to the big'uns Camp Highlights, R.J. would like to present his "walk like an Egyptian" pose....