Recycled Camel Paper Roll {Tutorial}

I hate to throw away paper rolls. These are always left over once we finish the kitchen towels. On A Crafty Arab in the past, we have come up with different ways to recycle them into party favors, poppers and sheep.  I recently turned my attention to another favorite animal, a camel.


Camels have a long history of being immigrants in America, having been brought from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.  We love to think of different ways we can craft them. Recently I noticed that the used paper towel roll was the same color as a camel and wondered if I could sort out how to make a toy camel for my daughter from it.


I cut a towel roll in half and played around with it until I figured it out. My daughter made a second one with me and we took pictures to share with you. These would be fun at an Egyptian birthday party or maybe an activity at a summer camp.


We hope you try to make your own toy camel!


Recycled Camel Supplies

Towel Roll
Black sharpie

My daughter used the pencil to draw out a camel outline. I let her look at some images online to get ideas. She made sure to draw the tail and neck/head straight up. They will be bent into shape later.

She used the markers to color the hump blanket cover. She added a khatam design in the middle too!

Next she cut out the camel.

She added two big dots for eyes and two little dots for a nose.

The final step is to bend the head and tail down.

She shifted the paper around until the camel could stand on it’s own. Use the other half of the paper roll to make your camel a friend!

If you enjoyed making this camel, stop by these other fun activities

Snack Cup Camel {Tutorial}

Freezer Paper Camel {Tutorial}

Camel Fold-in {Tutorial}

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Please be sure to follow A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to discover more DIY craft tutorials that teach about the Arab world.

13 Activities to Cheer on Arab Winter Athletes {Resource}

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be starting next week on February 9th, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.  This year, two Arab countries, Lebanon and Morocco, will be participating.


At the last Summer Olympics, I put together a list of activities to do to cheer on the Arab athletes and thought it might be nice to do the same for the winter athletes.


I’ve compiled a few from my own site and added some others from my fellow bloggers.


Sports 2 * Athletes 3

Lebanese Cedar Bead Tree {Tutorial}
Lebanese Flag Candle {Tutorial}
Lebanese Lentil Soup {Recipe}
Lebanese Meghli {Recipe}
Lebanon Rocks {Tutorial}


Sports 2 * Athletes 2

Moroccan Beef Tagine with green couscous
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Honey & Apricots
Morocco Flag Candy Dish {Tutorial}
Morrocan Leg of Lamb
Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan Recipe: Bread or Khobz
Morocco Rocks {Tutorial}
Morocco Sweet Stew {Recipe}


Visit these other posts from my sisters at Muslimah Bloggers who also wrote about activities that can be done to get ready for the Winter Olympics.

Olympic Games Crafts for Kids from Multicultural Motherhood
Winter Olympics Activities from Alizeh My Soul


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

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 {Resource}

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, now in it’s fifth year.

I’m so excited to be a co-Host this year to add my review for Kadis كديسة. It was a wonderful book that beautifully highlights Sudanese landscape, customs, people and culture. Last year I received a Persian book, Naji and the Mystery of the Dig.

At the bottom of this post, there is Linky going on right now for reviewers of multicultural books that allow your child to #ReadYourWorld.


Please stop by A Crafty Arab resource page to find 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.


If you would ilke to know more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017, it is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors: Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Twitter Party

Multicultural Children’s Book Day super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm and sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs:

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Free Resources

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers.

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators.


Be sure to link up your multicultural children’s book: