Yesterday was a snow day in our town so the girls were home from school. We have been talking a lot about the Arab world lately so I decided to take advantage of the day and teach my girls about all the flags.
Since the car wasn’t getting out of the garage, we couldn’t make a run to the craft store for supplies. We looked around our house for things to craft and came across our Eid Mubarak rocks from a few years ago. Bingo!
We started by researching about the Arab world. There are 22 countries that belong in the Arab League. They are all in the Middle East and North Africa, also called MENA, and most have Arabic as their primary or secondary language.
We have been crafting our way thought the countries over the years and, when possible, I have included links to those tutorials so that you can learn more about each country.
We started by washing and drying all our rocks. We had picked them up from the planter outside our door, so they were covered in mud. But a little soapy water (or a tablespoon of bleach works too, just make sure you use gloves) and good as new.
We dried them with our hair dryer since we were impatient to get started on paining. To make the colors of the flags really show up well, we painted each rock with white paint. After that was dried, we covered the white paint with Mod Podge, using our foam brush.
Then we got stared with the first layer. If a flag had a star, writing or other symbols, we made sure to add a layer of Mod Podge between each layer, otherwise the colors run into each other. Here we are doing the Somali flag.
Once all our flags were done, we coated them all with one final layer of Mod Podge to seal them. Now we can use them in games, memory tests or story stones.
Close up of each country:
Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more craft tutorials that teach about MENA.