One of my favorite Egyptian projects was this: The children brought in an old
Barbie doll. They wrapped it with pariscraft like a mummy. The painted it with
Egyptian colors and hieroglyphics. Then they put it in a sarcophogus/shoe box
which they wrapped with paper and also painted. Inside the lid they had to draw
10 made-up symbols for things they wanted to bring with them into the
"afterlife". Only a few children didn't have a Barbie to bring in. (affluent
district) They just rolled up newspaper and taped it and used that. This was a
very popular project with 5th grade.