Arabic crafts for kids provide children with a fun understanding of Arabic and Islamic culture. Craft projects use various artistic mediums, including paper, cardboard, adhesives and embellishments to educate children about important Arabic traditions, architecture and religion. Arabic crafts can be tailored to meet the needs of a variety of age ranges and interests.
Five Pillars of Islam
The five pillars of Islam craft structure provides children with an understanding of the five Muslim responsibilities that are described in the Quran (faith, prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage). To construct the five pillars of Islam, glue five cardboard rolls (toilet paper rolls work well) vertically along a long, narrow piece of construction paper, leaving a small gap in between each roll. Glue a long cardboard roll horizontally along the top of the five smaller cardboard rolls. Using markers, crayons or letters cut-outs from magazines, have the children write a different Muslim responsibility on each of the pillars.
Children can gain an understanding of Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, by creating a collage of various Ramadan and Islamic images. First, have children locate and gather various Islamic pictures, such as mosques, minarets and the Quran. These can be found in magazines or on the Internet. Next, have the children create Islamic symbols, such as crescent moons, stars and the Islamic symbol for Allah, from construction paper. Allow children to arrange and glue these images onto a sheet of construction paper.
The khamsa - also called the good-luck hand - is a symbol of good luck in Morocco, an Arabic country in northwestern Africa. To create a khamsa, have children trace their hands onto a sheet of construction paper and then cut around the tracing. Using markers, sequins, pom-poms, glitter, dried pasta and smalls pieces of aluminum foil, allow children to decorate their khamsa.
Arabic Alphabet Craft
On a sheet of cardboard or construction paper, draw seven columns and four rows of squares (totaling 28 squares). Inside each square, use a pencil to draw a different Arabic letter (see the resource section below for a link to images of these letters). Using a paintbrush dipped in glue, trace over each of the letters. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.
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