Colored Pumpkin Seed Counting {Tutorial} Plus {Book Review}

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha TutorialWe love the story of How many Donkeys; An Arabic Counting Tale by Margaret Read McDonald, a Seattle librarian who has written many multicultural books.

In the book, Goha, the wise fool, is taking his dates to sell at the market.  He’s using 10 donkeys to help get him there, but keeps losing a donkey en route.   Readers help Goha count his donkeys along the way with a reading chart at the bootom of the page that shows how to count in Arabic and English.

I love using this book when I do Arabic storytelling at the library because so many of the kids figure out what happens to the missing donkey and love screaming out the answer.

I decided to create a story board to help my daughter count but instead of donkeys, we used pumpkin seeds. We decided to color the seeds to make them look like grains of desert sand.  We also cut out some paper palm trees and a donkey to spend the afternoon imaging all kinds of play scenes.

Supplies

Parchment Paper
Measuring spoons
Food coloring (yellow & red)
Rubbing alcohol
Cardstock
Scissors
Plastic container
Pumpkin seeds

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place a few drops of yellow food coloring in the plastic container and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.  Add a handful of seeds in the mix.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place the container lid on and shake it until the seeds are coated with the food coloring.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Use the measruing spoon to take out just the seeds and lay them out to dry on the parchment paper.  Throw in another handfull of seeds and add a few drops of red to turn the next patch into orange.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Lay those out on the parchment paper and add a few more drops to make the next batch a darker red.  Your parchment paper should look like this:

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We left our pumpkins seeds out to dry for 24 hours, making sure to turn them over a few times.

While they were drying, we made some cut outs for our storyboard.  The leaves for our palm trees were made from cutting the edges off a rectangle piece of paper. Then we cut it in half.  The trunk of the palm tree was made from cutting an arch from another rectangle piece of paper.  We just free hand cut the donkey.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Once our seeds were dried, we put our scene together with our colorful sand.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We spent our afternoon playing with the seeds and counting with Goha.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

And it’s so easy for anyone to count in Arabic, since the book includes how to pronounce each number. Brilliant!

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed our book review and pumpkin seed tutorial.  If you’d like to see more of our Arabic books crafts, please visit

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Mosque Pillow Tutorial

I hope to do more multicultural book reviews in the upcoming months to get ready for Multicultural Book Day on January 27th, 2017. Be sure to check out more book lists on A Crafty Arab Pinterest.

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Here’s a link to the book if you’d like to buy your own copy:

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Lebanon Flag Rice Candle {Tutorial}

We made this Lebanon flag rice candle to celebrate the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East. As of 2014: RIceRIc

I was excited to learn about about this Mediterranean oasis when I found out this upcoming weekend there will be a performance from Im Hussein & AJYAL Theatrical Group in our town.

The entire performance will be in Lebanese Arabic.  It’s a dialect that I’m familiar with since I have local Lebanese friends, however I thought I better brush up on my Lebanese culture this week.   The girls and I decided to look up information on the Lebanese flag and see what it means.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

According to Wikipedia:

Presence and position of the Cedar in the middle of the flag is directly inspired by the mountains of Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani). The Cedar is a symbol of holiness, eternity and peace. As an emblem of longevity, the cedar of Lebanon has its origin in many biblical references [and is] mentioned seventy-seven times in the Bible, especially in the book Psalms chapter 92 verse 12 where it says that “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” and Chapter 104, verse 16, where it is stated: “[t]he trees of the Lord are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted”.

The white color on the flag represents the snow as a symbol of purity and peace.

The two red stripes refer to the Lebanese blood shed to preserve the country against the successive invaders.

We came up with this candle craft to celebrate the flag. As with all our candle crafts, never leave these unattended around children.

Supplies

Wax paper
Mason jar
Rice*
Red food coloring
Ziplock bag
Rubbing alcohol
Candle
Xacto / cutting mat
Lebanese cedar tree printout
Green tissue paper
Mod Podge / foam brush
(*we used brown rice for the red stripes and white rice for the middle)

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial
Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol and food coloring with a few cups of rice into a Ziploc bag.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

Seal the bag and mix everything. Once the rice is red, lay it out on the wax paper and leave to dry overnight. It sticks, so you might want to think about putting it on a tray in the garage, like we did.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

While your rice is drying, use the xacto to cut out the cedar tree center out of tissue paper.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

Use Mod Podge to add it to the mason jar. Don’t worry about the color white now, it will dry clear.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

Once the jar and rice are both dry, add one layer of red rice.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

Next add a layer of white.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

Top it off with a layer of red and the tea light candle.  Your Lebanese Flag Candle is done and ready to light. Please never leave candle unattended.

ACraftyArab Lebanese Flag Candle Tutorial

If you enjoyed making this Lebanese craft and would like to do another, check out our

Lebanese Cedar Bead Tree Tutorial

Lebanese Lentil Soup {Recipe}

Or visit the Crafty Arab League Pinterest board to see other crafts from the Arab world.

Or visit the Arabic Children recommended book list on A Crafty Arab Amazon to learn more about Lebanon –

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