Islamic Shrinky Dink Charms {Tutorial}

To make today’s Ramadan craft tutorial, we were inspired by a gift from taita, تيتة in Arabic which is grandmother, as inspiration. She loves to bring back gold from her travels to the Middle East.


However, it always makes me worried when my young daughters are out wearing gold. These charms are a great way for kids to still wear Islamic jewelry, which many believe to be protective of the wearer, and not have to worry about them if something were to happen.


My daughter spent the afternoon playing with shrinky dink. I helped with the main outline in replicating the Allah, الله‎ Arabic for God, from the gold gift piece and she printed some templates online for others. She had such a good time with shrinky dinks last time, when she made buttons for an Eid outfit and was excited to work with this medium again.



Hole punch
Color markers
Shape punch
Shrinky dink

We used the Sharpie to draw out the designs on the shirnky dink.

We cut out some designs and used the shape punch on a few others.

My daughter made sure to add room for the hole punch.

We baked the charms, according to the manufactures directions.

Once the charms came out of the oven, we added the oval rings with the pliers.

Now they are ready to add to a necklace. How cute is this Ramadan drum with a window looking out into a night sky?

And my daughter has extra charms to change on her necklace, according to her mood.

If you enjoyed making these charms, stop by these other fun accessories

Eid Origami Star Necklace {Tutorial}

Coin Felt Necklace {Tutorial}


Please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more DIY craft tutorials.

Ramadan Food Word Search {Printable}

We are taking a break from our Ramadan crafts challenge today to get ready for a big night, volunteering for the ServeHope Seattle Ramadan Iftar fundraiser to be held at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.

We will be working to help others enjoy a delicious dinner buffet of Middle Eastern food while supporting Gaza and Lebanon. The event will feature a young Palestinian-American chef, Abeer Najjer, who has been highlighted in Teen Vogue and was Lifetime Magazine’s selection to represent Illinois in HER AMERICA: 50 WOMEN, 50 STATES.

Abeer will talk about her experience as an immigrant, her passion for food, and Ramadan traditions.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to sending one month’s supply of food to families in Gaza & Lebanon.

Since we will be enjoying delicious foods for our iftar (that I don’t have to make!), I thought it might be a good time to make a list of all the foods that are mentioned in the Quran. We will see how many we can name in Arabic when we see them at dinner.

Basil رمان rumān
Cucumber قثاء qithā
Date Palm نخلة nakhlah
Fig تين tīn
Garlic ثوم thūm
Ginger زنجبيل zanjabīl
Grain حبة ḥabbah
Grapes عنب ʿinab
Honey عسل ʿasal
Lentil عدس ʿadas
Olives زيتون zaytūn
Onion بصل baṣal
Pomegranate رمان rumān


Enjoy this Ramadan Food Word Search


Be sure to visit other educational printables I have created to help my daughters learn about Islam and their Arab heritage.

Our Islamic World Word Search {Printable}

Ramadan Word Search {Printable}


Visit A Crafty Arab to find more activities that teach about Ramadan.

This post is part of a blog hop over at Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Ramadan for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting its fourth annual Ramadan for Kids blog hop, where bloggers come together to share ideas for teaching kids about and honoring Ramadan. Don’t forget to check out our blog hops from last year, 2016 and 2015. Be sure to follow our Ramadan , Eid and North Africa & the Middle East boards on Pinterest for even more ideas and link up your own posts below!


Participating Blogs

Multicultural Motherhood on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Ramadan in Our Home
A Crafty Arab
Pintsize Gourmets
Jeddah Mom: Ramadan Fasting for Children Who Are Going to Fast for the First Time
Multicultural Motherhood: Reasons for Fasting – Activities for Kids and Free Printables
Sand In My Toes: Our Favorite Eid Traditions

Papier-Mâché Camel Pull Toy {Tutorial}

For our Ramadan craft today, we are going back to ancient Egypt.  In more ways than one!


First, we are using papier-mâché, a medium that has been traced back to Egyptian usage of cartonnage, and second, we are making a pull toy, which have been discovered in tombs.  Pull toys were later found in ancient Greek tombs as well and the same toy is being played with today.


While we have tried our hand at making papier-mâché before, this time I found the camel at my favorite art store in Seattle. Because camels are so important, not only in North Africa but also in American history, I love making camel crafts with my daughter to remind her of her heritage and connection to her past.



Camel papier-mâché
Wood beads small & medium
Bamboo stake
Popsicle Sticks
Glue gun
Paint – brushed metal, watercolor, glitter

My daughter first started by painting a red blanket on the camel.

Then she painted the rest of the camel purple. She also painted the popsicle sticks.

Next, my daughter added the glitter to the sides of the red blanket. She was also going to add the pom poms, but changed her mind once she saw how big they were on the blanket.

While the camel was drying, she painted the bamboo stick the brushed copper metal color and touched up the wheels.

She added a small bead to the end and then the larger bead next to it.  She snapped off the bamboo stick at around five inches or so.  She then added another larger bead and a smaller bead to the other side.

My daughter turned on the hot glue gun and once it was ready, added a tiny bit of glue on the very tip to hold in the end beads.

Since the hot glue gun was on, she added a little bit to the bottom of the camel and added the popsicle sticks.

After waiting a minute for the glue to set, she added more glue across the popsicle sticks to hold the wheel sticks.

My daughter’s final step was adding some baker’s twine to her camel pull toy.

The camel pull toy is too small to work on the floor, but she did manage to get the wheels to turn on her desk.


If you enjoyed this camel craft, stop by these

Recycled Camel Paper Roll {Tutorial}

Camel Straw Racing {Tutorial}

Camel Garden Stake {Tutorial}


Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun DIY tutorials