Pins for Puerto Rico at the 2018 Women’s March {Outing}

This morning I participated in the 2018 Women’s March in Seattle.

 

My daughter and I are going to Puerto Rico and are trying to raise funds to take with us.  We will be working on rebuilding.  We also hope to be able to purchase items from the local economy and donate it to local churches. We will be traveling with a non profit that has contacts with churches and will provide us with their wish lists.

 

According to the 2010 US Census the population of Puerto Ricans who identified as having Arabic speaking ancestry is approximately 8%, or around seven thousand people.  Our family traveled to this beautiful island a few years ago and enjoyed it’s beaches, the the only tropical rain forest in the United States, the food and especially the hospitality. We have been devastated by the images we witnessed last year after Hurricane Maria and have felt a call to action.

 

We are trying to raise $400 to buy school supplies and I recently started a funny Kickstarter campaign to try to fund the wish lists.

 

I also made Women’s March pins and took them to the event this morning in hopes of adding to the fundraiser. I am so happy to report that I sold all the pins that I made and actually went over my goal.

Shukran (Arabic for thank you) Seattle for such a great march and supporting Pins for Puerto Rico.  Below is a photo taken by a crane operator, can you find me and my sign?

If you are local to Seattle and know of any other events where I can sell pins for Puerto Rico, please contact me via my contact form or twitter. If you are from far away and want to support the wish lists, please visit the Kickstarter campaign to help.

 

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3 Tips to add Multicultural Children’s Book Day to your School Library {Resource}

On January 27th, 2018, it will be Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I was a coHost last year for the first time and this year, I wanted to do more than just review a book.  I decided to do something on a local level and ask our elementary school librarian if we get involved. I wanted to add a few diverse books that not just my daughter, but also other kids, can see on a shelf.

 

Two months ago, I went in to meet her to show her a few printouts from the website and she was instantly on board. We are very fortunate to have a very diverse school, so convincing her of such an important initiative was not very difficult.

 

A few weeks ago, I was able to go in and use the school die cut machine to spell out the words Read Your Word, the title I wanted kids to see when they first entered the space. It’s also the hashtag used on Twitter  by hundreds of bloggers, reviewers, book publishers and authors for the big day.

Then this week I was able to go into the library and hang up the letters.

At first I thought that I was only going to get the space under the words to showcase some books.  But I soon learned that the librarian wanted books all over the library.

Another volunteer and I were handed reading lists and went off to find the books and cover the shelves.

Even single books were added in a few spots.

Now that I can add Professional  Library Stager on my LinkedIn (okay, maybe not, but image how much fun this would be as a real job?), I wanted to offer my three tips to getting your school library to support Multicultural Children’s Book Day next year:

  1. Ask.  You will be surprised at how many librarians are looking for fresh ideas to celebrate reading. Be sure to ask early so they can plan.
  2. Download. The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website if full of FREE resources to get you and your library started. No need to reinvent the wheel.
  3. Show up. Don’t give this to staff or a volunteer to do. Make sure you are there, to put in the sweat equity. Be the change you want to see.

So ask yourself, what can you do to bring more diverse books into your little corner of the world?

For those with a keen eye, you might have noticed the mosque pillow in the Read Your World photo, which is from a DIY craft project I shared after a book review.  Feel free to look up resources on 100s of children books, reviews, downloads, & DIY tutorials on the Arab world, Islam, Muslims, Muslimahs, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), Asia, Africa, & Arab Americans by visiting the A Crafty Arab Educational and Cultural Resources page to also use.

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Arabic Game Die {Tutorial}

We have game night in our home every Friday. However most of our games are in English and my daughters are trying to learn the Arabic.

 

We thought we would make an Arabic die to help us on game night practice our numbers. We used some left over cardboard we had, saving it from the landfill and recycling it into something useful.  An added bonus is that these dice are so easy to make that if something were to happen to it, we can quickly make another.

 

We decided to make it extra large so that it can be easily found. We used square pieces of cardboard that we cut into 5 inch squares.  You can adjust your die to any size by making your cardboard smaller or larger.

 

Supplies

Six pieces of square cardboard
Silver duct tape
Decorate tape
Glue
Scissors
Arabic number print outs

To make the die, the squares have to be placed out into a lower t shape,. Use athe silver duct tape used to attach them together.

Flip the t shape over and add silver duct tape to the three sides of the longer end piece.

Fold the cardboard t into a cube shape.

Add the decorative tape to the outside for extra sturdiness and to hide the silver tape.

Cut out the Arabic numbers.

 

Add glue to the back of the numbers and add them to the cube.


Wait a few hours for the tape and glue to set. After a few games, we also added a little bit of glue to the corners.  Throwing the die to the ground causes the decorative tape to come up.  But now with the glue, it’s ready for more games.

Check out our more games we have made like

Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}

Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}

Traveling Moon and Star Tic-Tac-Toe {Tutorial}

Please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Arabic DIY crafty tutorials