One of the activities that we did this week was the carving of an amulet. We carved the scarab beetle, kehper,which was a sacred symbol to the Egyptian people. You can read more about the myth of the scarab beetle here. We also read a book from the library entitled The Scarab's Secret by Nick Would. (Find the Book here)
For our activity, we took a bar of white soap and first drew the picture of a scarab on the top. The pencil did not actually leave a pencil marked drawing, rather it left an indented path. We then used a steak knife to carve around the beetle to make is stand out on the top half of the soap. Tip: We used the cheap Jergens soap. It worked really well because it was soft enough to carve yet firm enough to hold up to the carving.
Here are our results: