Nakba Shrinky Dink Key Chain {Tutorial}

Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة in Arabic, which means meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”) is observed on 15 May.

For Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement from their homes.

During the 1948 Palestine war, hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled, and their towns and villages were destroyed.

The key is a symbol of the houses which Palestinians left as part of the Nakba. We have made a key charm before, so today my daughter and I made a key chain out of shrinky dink. We included a key, an outline of Palestine in 1948 that has a keffiyeh design inside, plus a Palestinian flag.


  • White shrinky dink
  • Palestine shapes found online
  • Sharpies in Black, Green and Red
  • Scissors
  • Key chain
  • O-rings
  • Pliers
  • Hole punch

My daughter started by tracing out the flag design on the white shrinky dink, then she cut it out. She used the Sharpies to fill in the colors: red on the triangle, black on the top panel and green on the bottom panel. Once she had finished coloring in the flag, she placed a hole in the upper left corner.

We read the instructions on the back of the shrinky dink packaging to see how to heat them up in our oven. After the flag came out of the oven and had cooled, my daughter added the O-ring to it with the pliers to secure it to the key chain.

She traced out the key and country outline next, before spending some time coloring them in as well.

Now our Nakba key chain is ready to be used.

Stop by these other tutorials to learn about Palestine

Palestine Landscape Notebook {Tutorial}

Palestine Is In My Heart T-shirt {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more activities that teach about the Arab world

Ramadan Moon and Star Bird Feeder {Tutorial}

Today’s Ramadan craft was made to help out our fine feathered friends this spring. We made these bird feeders with cereal to hang outside our window.

A couple of years ago, my daughter made a Lego minaret to hold the bird food, and while that worked for a few days, the squirrels found it and knocked it over. We hope that by hanging the food up high, this will deter the squirrels from stealing.

Birds are very important in Islamic culture, often refereed to and depicted in many forms: protectors, messengers, nutritional sustenance, and symbols of the soul. Creating the feeders in the shapes of moon and stars, iconographic symbols used in various historical contexts but most well known today as a symbol of Islam, seems to be appropriate during this holy month.


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Round, natural cereal
  • Baker’s twine

My daughter began with adding cereal to the pipe cleaners.

After the pipe cleaner was full, she shaped it into a moon or star and closed off the end.

The final step is to tie off the baker’s twine so that the pipe cleaners could be hung from a tree.

My daughter made a couple of moons.

She then spent a little bit of time trying to figure out how to shape stars and I think did a great job!

We placed a set in the front yard, and another set in the back yard.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other Ramadan tutorials we have made.

Ramadan Indian Food Word Search {Printable} plus Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid {Book Review}

We are once again taking part in the Multicultural Kid’s Blog fifth annual Ramadan & Eid for Kids blog hop, where bloggers come together to share ideas for teaching kids about and honoring Ramadan & Eid.

Last year, we created a word search of Ramadan foods and this year we thought we would do the same, but specifically food that is eaten in India, during the holy month.

I was recently sent a beautifully illustrated book about two kids, Maya and Neel, that go on an India adventure to learn about how people there observe fasting and the types of food they eat.

Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid: Muslim Festival of Fasting and Sweets, written and illustrated by Ajanta Chakraborty and Vivek Kumar, was published by Culture Groove. It is part of an 11 book series, a few of which also teach about the holiday of Holi, visiting Mumbai and what you might see at an Indian wedding.

When I was sharing it with my daughter, she asked me what Sheer Khurma, a drink talked about twice in the book, tasted like. She was shocked to learn that I had never had it before. She assumed that all Muslims eat the same food during Ramadan.

We started researching other Indian foods that are only eaten in that region and came up with these eight:

Chapatis is an unleavened flatbread.

Chorba is a kind of soup or stew.

Dahi Vadey are fried chickpea-based fritters soaked in a savory yogurt base.

Falooda is a cold dessert made from mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds with milk, often served with ice cream.

Haleem is a type of stew that includes wheat or barley, and sometimes meat and/or lentils.

Rooh Afza is a syrup generally served mixed with cold milk and ice; the closest Western equivalent is strawberry milk.

Sharbat is a drink prepared from fruits or flower petals, that is sweet and usually served chilled.

Sheer Khurma is a festival vermicelli pudding made with dried dates.

I put them in a word search for her to find and we hope to visit our local Indian store soon to try some together. Download it here:

Please check out the book Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid: Muslim Festival of Fasting and Sweets to learn about other new adventures that Maya and Neel discover together in India.

Be sure to stop by our resource page to see more book reviews that included educational printouts.

Ramadan for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting its fifth annual Ramadan & Eid for Kids blog hop, where bloggers come together to share ideas for teaching kids about and honoring Ramadan & Eid. Don’t forget to check out our blog hops from last year, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Be sure to follow our Ramadan & Eid boards on Pinterest for even more ideas!

Participating Blogs

Eid Al-Fitr Around the World by The Multilingual Home on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Ramadan Indian Food Word Search by A Crafty Arab
Family in Finland
Five Pillars of Islam Counting Cards by Jeddah Mom
Green Ramadan by AlizehmySoul
Ramadan For Preschoolers by Multicultural Motherhood