Sunday, August 1, 2010

How to Make an Apple Mummy

An apple mummy is a creative project for children and a great way to learn about mummification. To create an apple mummy, you must remove the moisture from the apple and prevent any bacteria from thriving. All you need are some simple materials from the local hardware store and the grocery store.

Things You'll Need:
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sodium carbonate (powdered bleach)
  • 1/2 cup sodium bicarbonate
  • Ziploc bag
  • Apple
  • Popsicle stick

  1. Combine the salt, sodium carbonate and bicarbonate of soda in the plastic bag.
  2. Use the popsicle stick to carve a little face into the apple, pushing in the stick to make two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Insert the popsicle stick into the top of the apple to create a handle.
  3. Put the apple in the plastic bag and shake it around so the apple becomes covered.
  4. Keep the open bag with the apple in a warm dry place. Observe the apple over a couple days until it is completely mummified and wrinkly. Remove the apple from the bag and brush off any powder residue.

Tips & Warnings
  • Do not eat the apple after mummifying.

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