We are continuing our quest to learn about all the countries in the Arab League and today we talked about Jordan. We decided to make a craft stick flag using products I received as a Plaid Ambassador.
This post is part of the Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month series from Multicultural Kid Blogs. Please be sure to check out below for other participating blogs.
Jordan (Arabic: الأردن Al-Urdunn), officially The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Arabic: المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية Al-Mamlakah Al-Urdunnīyah Al-Ḥāshimīyah), is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south; Iraq to the north-east; Syria to the north; Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west; and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west.
We thought we would make a flag hanger out of craft sticks to place in our kitchen while we talked about it.
We learned that each of the horizontal colors are for the differnet caliphs: the Abbasid (black band), Umayyad (white band), and Fatimid (green band). The red chevron is for the Hashemite dynasty, and the Arab Revolt.
It was interesting to note that so much of the flag is seeped in Islamic history, yet the country contains some of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating as early as the 1st century AD.
We hope you are able to make your own flag while talking about this country strategically located in the pathways of Asia, Africa and Europe.
We started by laying out 3 sticks for each horizontal color, nine in all, close to each other. We used 2 other sticks to draw out diagonal lines to create the chevron.
Making sure to keep our sticks in order, we pained the top three black, middle three white and bottom three green, up until the pencil marks. We painted all three red to the left of the pencil marks. Wait for everything to dry before moving on.
We used our two extra craft sticks and laid out a line of glue across the middle. We then placed them diagonal to each other, like a = sign and placed our painted sticks in order over the glued sticks. (Tip: We used scissors to cut off the stick overhang.)
We used the star burst punch on some white paper to recreate the white seven-pointed star and glued it in the middle of the chevron.
Once the glue had dried, we flipped the whole flag over and added a line of glue. We then placed the ribbon end on top.
We measured out how much clearance we needed for a door knob, cut off the excess ribbon and glued on the other end. Wait a few hours for the glue to fully set.
Now our beautiful flag is ready to hang.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, please be sure to visit other Arab League country tutorials on Pinterest.
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Sand In My Toes on Multicultural Kid Blogs
A Crafty Arab
Kid World Citizen
Sand In My Toes
All Done Monkey
Tiny Tapping Toes
Biracial Bookworms on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Crafty Moms Share
Creative World of Varya
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