We had a bit of black contact paper left from our chalk skeleton activity, and I wanted to put it to good use. This sticky wall mummy craft was the perfect activity to try. The girls were able to explore texture, compare length, and create their own not-so-scary Halloween decoration.
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We started by cutting a small mummy shape out of black shelf liner. If you are setting this up for a full class, you might include a larger mummy template or multiple mummies. I used masking tape that we had on-hand to secure the mummy template to the wall with the sticky side facing out. Painter’s tape would also be a great option.
Below the mummy template I placed a basket with strips of rolled gauze. I cut them into various lengths and cut the overall width in half so that more pieces could fit on the mummy. We used the leftover gauze from our indoor snowman activity, so it didn’t take us a whole roll for this activity. The amount needed will vary depending on the size of your mummy.
I originally designed this activity for Tinker, age 3, thinking it would be great for toddlers and preschoolers who really enjoy exploring the sticky wall texture. But the second Lovey saw it, she wanted to give it a try and she chose to go first. She started by adding googly eyes to her mummy.
Then she worked to place the gauze all over the mummy’s body.
She was sure to cover every bit of the sticky paper that she could.
And she giggled quite a bit at her finished creation.
Note that this gauze tends to pull apart once kids try and remove it from the wall. If you are doing this as a multi-use activity to try again and again, you might prefer trying t a different material. Perhaps bits of torn fabric (sheets, thin receiving blankets, pillow cases, or just fabric scraps) would work well.
Using the different lengths of gauze allowed Lovey to compare and sort the fabrics by length as she chose where to put them on her mummy. You can extend the math learning here by creating three mummies (short, medium, tall). Then cut lengths of gauze in the same sazes and encourage kids to sort the gauze and match it to the appropriate mummy as they are decorating.