Seattle Arab Cultural Camp {Resource}

I have decided to create an Arab Cultural Camp for children in Washington.

 

After spending years working at various children’s camps around the Puget Sound, starting with StarTalk in Seattle and recently at Girl Scout Rainbow Camp on the Eastside, I wanted to create a camp that would specifically focus on the culture and heritage of the Arab world.

 

I have used the resources from A Crafty Arab, combined with my eleven year’s experience as an art docent at my daughters’ school, to create eight, fun, educational, camp stations.  These art lesson stations include themes about Arab hospitality, Arab countries, Arab literature, Arab traditional instruments, Arab spices, etc.

 

It will be held August 6-10 in my artist studio in Redmond and August 20-24 at Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle.

 

Since this is our inaugural year, the camp will be limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis.  I will be taking children enterting grades K-6 from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, with a special outing and gallery show planned for our final day. Camp will be $200 a week to cover materials and visiting artists fees. There will be an open house for interested parents, to check out the studio and experience a sample art stations, on July 28th.

 

Arab Cultural Camp Sample Day

Our Arab Cultural Camp day will start with a Arabic story time/ song/ reading activity. My studio library includes hundreds of crafts and Arab children books. The children will be able to check out any of the books at the end of the day for enjoyment at home with siblings or other family members.

 

The children will then be separated for age appropriate stations. These included painting, cooking, calligraphy, dabke, etc before a break for lunch.

 

The children will enjoy a lunch from home, or a nutritious option can be provided for an additional fee paid that morning, before beginning a second set of stations.

 

Our day will finish with another story time / song / reading activity before the children are picked up.  If daycare hours are needed, please let me know.

 

We will have one day when a local Arab musician will come to teach the children how to play the darbuka for an all camp singalong, I am still working the details on which day. Our Friday will also be a little different as it will include an art outing, followed by a gallery show of all the children’s artwork.

 

Yalla, let’s do this, I’m in!

If you are interested in learning more about the Arab Cultural Camp, either contact me or fill out an Arab Cultural Camp Application.

 

If this year’s Arab Cultural Camp is a success, I have also submitted a City of Seattle Youth Arts grant to offer it for free to refugee children next year. If you would like to be involved in that endeavor, please let me know as I hope to make it a much larger scale project and will be grateful for a few helping hands.

2018 Ramadan Crafts 30 Day Challenge Roundup {Resource}

Eid Mubarak 2018!

 

That is an Arabic greeting that is used worldwide today to mean Blessed Eid.  Muslims are sharing it as they celebrate Eid Al Fitr, the three day festival that ends the month of Ramadan.

 

For the past 30 days, my daughters and I have made Ramadan crafts to teach about our Arab culture and Islamic religion. This 8th annual tradition had a few adjustments this year as I shared a few crafts for adults and downloads.   I didn’t want to add the pressure of daily crafting as my two oldest daughters had high school finals. My youngest also enjoyed the extra time togehter.

 

Our family started this tradition in July 2011, when I was looking for Ramadan crafts to help me teach my daughters. Our tradition has continued annually through 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

 

We hope you learned something new from our activities and will enjoy this list of all of them together:

 

Ramadan Perler Beads Lantern {Tutorial}

Ramadan Flip Card Calendar {Tutorial}

Alhamdulillah Zakat Basket {Tutorial}

Ramadan Chalkboard String Art {Tutorial}

Ramadan Lantern Headband {Tutorial}

Moon and Star Confetti Bookmark {Tutorial}

Ramadan Lenticular Artwork {Printable} Guest Blog

Recycled Na’layn Suncatcher {Tutorial}

Arabic Chalkboard Lazy Susan {Tutorial}

Ramadan Man’ousheh Mini Bites {Recipe}

Ramadan Cardboard Roll Wreath {Tutorial}

Prayer Rug Felt Magnet {Tutorial}

Papier-Mâché Camel Pull Toy {Tutorial}

Ramadan Food Word Search {Printable} Blog Hop

Islamic Shrinky Dink Charms {Tutorial}

Ramadan Date Palm Cootie Catcher {Printable} Guest Post

Eid Dimensional Magnets {Tutorial}

Traveling Mosque Crayon Holder {Tutorial}

Moon & Star Paint Chip Earrings {Tutorial}

Arabic Peace Fabric Purse {Tutorial}

Eid Reversible Decor {Tutorial}

Melted Crayon Mosque {Tutorial}

Eid Spray Painted Favor Bags {Tutorial}

Recyclable Laylat Al Qadr Binoculars {Tutorial}

Arabic Chalkboard Lunchbox {Tutorial}

Eid Moon and Star Washi Favors {Tutorial}

Ramadan Lantern Washi Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Lantern Washi Card {Tutorial}

Eid PomPom Mini Banner {Tutorial}

Eid Gold Nuggets Decor {Tutorial}

 

To see all these visually, stop by the A Crafty Arab Ramadan Crafts Challenge board.

Eid Gold Nuggets Decor {Tutorial}

We are on our final Ramadan craft for this year and I am actually sad that the 30 day challenge is over.  I have really enjoyed spending  the extra time together with my daughters, crafting while we talked.

 

But rather than think about it being over, I cherished the extra time today getting ready for Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that commemorates the end of Ramadan.

 

We have a lot of cooking in the kitchen to prepare for a few Eid parties this weekend, so the craft was short and made by my youngest daughter in between pulling cookies from the oven.

 

The paints were sent to me for my role as Plaid Ambassador and the stickers were a set I have left over from an old scrapbook project. My husband has been volunteering to build a shelf for school so I picked up the extra pieces of wood he was going to throw out.

Supplies

Letter stickers
Outdoor paint
Gold paint
Paintbrush
Scrap wood
Mod Podge

My daughter started by painting all the wood scrap pieces with the outdoor paint.  This type of paint has a bumpy texture to help give the wood the “gold nugget” effect we are trying to achieve.

My daughter waited for a few hours for the paint to dry. We didn’t bother with a second coat since we were going to add the gold paint.

After the paint had fully dried, my daughter added the letter stickers that spell ‘Eid Mubarak.’ The final step was to add a layer of Mod Podge over to seal them.

Now the letters were done and ready to be displayed anywhere in our home.

 

If you enjoyed making this Eid decor, be sure to visit other ways we decorate

Eid 3D Banner {Tutorial}

DIY Table Frame Eid Decor {Tutorial}

99 Eid Projects

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun DIY crafty tutorials