Best of A Crafty Arab 2017 {Resource}

A Crafty Arab has had an active 2017, teaching children and adults about the Arab world.

 

In 2017, there were 99 Arab  posts written (100 if you count this one) and of those, 67 were DIY craft tutorials, 7 were free printables and 7 were food related.

 

The rest of the list is made up of 10 posts the included educational resources and the number I’m most proud of: 8 posts that were related to Arab or Muslim children’s books, either as reviews or book lists.

 

Here are the top 5 posts, with the most amount of traffic. for 2017.

 

Not surprising, the top post (almost double in traffic compared to the next post) was tied to the United States election.  Late last year, Americas elected a white supremacist sympathizer president and one of his despicable first acts was to ask for an immediate ban on all Muslims that enter America from seven countries.  I decided to use this opportunity to educate about Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen by compiling them in one post.

The second highest post was also a compilation post full of Arab and/or Islamic activities, this time listing all 30 DIY projects created for each day of Ramadan.  It’s excited to see that the 30 day Ramadan Crafts Challenge is now 7 years old and one of the most popular events on the blog.  Ramadan activities included an advent calendar, rewards, games, artwork and giving. Check out all 30 Ramadan crafts, downloads and recipes on this post.

The third highest post was a book review and a STEM tutorial about building mosque domes.  I was recently sent Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan to review.  As a co-Host of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’m always looking for books to add to our diverse shelf.  Be on the lookout in 2018 for another book plus tutorial because I was lucky enough to be sent more than one book. In the meantime, check out our Mosque Golden Domes post.

The fourth highest post was a free printable Eid banner.  We love to make banners here on the blog because they are so easy, take very little time to create and instantly makes any room festive.  Five years ago, I made an entire Eid party set and last year I asked my online community for color options (having already creating the banner in teal).  Salmon was a hit with everyone and now that download is free Happy Eid Salmon printable.

Rounding off the list is a tutorial that teaches about the five pillars of Islam.  To be honest, this was a surprise for me.  As a paper artist, I do tend to make more paper art with my kids and was sure a paper tutorial would make the list.  But instead craft sticks sneaked in as one of the top material of choose for my readers.  This super easy and quick craft is a wonderful way to teach the 5 pillars without a lot of supplies or mess and can be found here.

 

Other highlights of the year include becoming a Plaid Ambassador and being asked to teach, for the sixth year in a row, at a women’s retreat. Holidays celebrated included Persian Nowruz and Arab American Heritage Month. I introduced my readers to Mariam al-Astrulabi, plus 99 Arab American Women who they should know (and most already did).

 

InshaAllah (An Arabic term used by both Christians and Muslims that means ‘God willing’), my daughters and I look forward to 2018 being another great year. We hope to bring you more educational posts that you can use with your children or students.  As an teacher, nothing brings me greater joy then sharing my culture in a positive way.  Shurkan (Arabic for thank you) for following along on the journey.

 

Please make sure you sign up for the A Crafty Arab newsletter to find out when future posts are out. Stop by my Arabic, Perisan and Urdu handmade store to purchase a unique, one of a kind card, or add a fun Arabic educational poster to any child’s life.

 

Stop by these other Muslimah Bloggers to see which posts made their top 5 list:

Afreen’s Kitchen
alizehmysoul
By Shahira
Ilm Student Central
Ilma Education
JeddahMom
Multicultural Motherhood
MyBlessedNest
The Imperfect Muslimah
The Lady of the House
Umm Afraz Muhammed Blog

 

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Arabic Happy New Year 2018 Party Hat {Printable}

Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair is an Arabic greeting said to welcome in a new year. It means May You Welcome Every Year with Good Health and is written like this

كل عام و انتم بخير

 

It can be said once a Gregorian or Hijri Islamic calendar begins. It is also said to someone at their birthday.

 

Last year, I created a Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair coloring page for kids and this year I took that same design and put it on a party hat.

 

Simply print it out on sturdy card stock and color it in.

Then cut out the solid lines and add adhesive along the flap past the dotted line.

 

Next, attach the flap to the rest of the hat in a cone shape, and punch holes on the sides for the string.

Finally attach string to the sides.

Now your Arabic New Years party hat is ready to wear at your next gathering. Print out as many as you’d like for your own personal use.

To download the hat, just sign up for the ACraftyArab newsletter to find out when blog posts come out. I promise there is no spamming and I don’t share my list. I just want to make sure you know when more fun downloads, tutorials and activities are available to teach about the Arab world.

 

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Hijri Islamic Calendar 2018/1439-1440 {Printable}

Next Monday the western world will start a new year: 2018.

 

However, 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide are still in 1439 AH and the Islamic New Year doesn’t start until September 2018.

 

The first Islamic year began in 622 AD with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. Thus the Islamic new year is sometimes called Hijri New Year, written in Arabic like this رأس السنة الهجرية‎ and pronounced as Raʼs al-Sanah al-Hijrīyah.

 

The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The other months are:

  1. Muharram
  2. Safar
  3. Rabi’ al-awwal
  4. Rabi’ al-Thani
  5. Jumada al-awwal
  6. Jumada al-Thani
  7. Rajab
  8. Sha’ban
  9. Ramadan
  10. Shawwal
  11. Dhu al-Qidah
  12. Dhu al-Hijjah

A few years ago, I found this wonderful way to explain the two calendars to my children.

 

I am so pleased that the author, Latifah Ibrahi,  has created a new one, free for download here.

 

Don’t forget to support this wonderful business who is offering this service.