Night Moon Paper Plate {Tutorial} plus Night of the Moon {Review}

Happy 2018! Let’s celebrate the new year by reviewing a book to kick off Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th.


When I received the book Night of the Moon by Hena Khan from her publisher, Chronicle books, I got so excited because it helps explain the moon phases. We have done several moon crafts in our studio to help learn the difference between the Gregorian and Hijri calendars.


To see the phases showcased in this book, throughout the month of Ramadan, was fantastic. Especially as we learn them through the eyes of Yasmeen, a young Pakistani-American girl.


When Yasmeen is shown the crescent moon, her mom explains “it means a new month is beginning” for Ramadan. Yasmeen then sees the moon in its different phases, as the month progresses, ending with Eid. We are also exposed to Chaand Raat, a popular cultural tradition from South Asia, also called Night of the Moon celebration.

The book illustrations are beautiful, often casting the words in arabesque windows that complement the windows Yasmeen looks out of, while gazing at the moon.


We used two paper plates to also create a “window” to showcase our moon phases. Now as we are reading the book, we can change out our moons to match the story.



Paper dessert plates – 2
Foam glue dots
Black paint
Foam brush
Color markers
Circle punch
Craft sticks

We used the moons in the corners of the book cover to decide how many circles we needed to cut out total: 8, two for each side.

To create the different phases of the moon, we put the circles back in the punch and offset the cuts. Thinner moons means putting almost the whole circle back into the punch.

While our thicker moons needed to be cut slightly larger.

We used the left over cardstock to create a mosque template to outline on the top paper plate.

Once it was outlined, we used the xacto to cut around the roof and the inner circle of the plate.  We used our markers to decorate the mosque, just like in the book.

We also used the markers to outline all eight moons.

We pulled out our black paint next. We painted the plate, around the mosque, and both sides of our craft sticks.

We also painted our second plate, that will be our background.

By now, our craft sticks were dry and we were able to add our moons to the ends. We matched the two sides to each other, and making sure the outlines were facing out.

After we had finished our four craft sticks, we turned our attention back to the plates.  We added foam stickers around the outside of the black, plain plate. We didn’t place any at the bottom, where the mosque will goes, so that we can move the moon across the night sky with our stick.

The final step is to add the mosque plate. Now our plates are ready to follow along with the Ramadan moon in the book.

You’ll have fun changing out each moon as the month gets closer to Eid.

Since both moon sides are outlines, you can change the direction of the moon and not have to make more sticks.

Be sure to check out the book Night of the Moon from Chronicle or ask for it a your local bookstore, library or Amazon.

If you enjoyed making this moon craft, stop by these other DIY tutorials

RyaTie Moon Wall Hanging {Tutorial}
Cookie Cutter Moon and Star Art {Tutorial}

Be sure sto check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

Mosque Golden Domes {Tutorial} plus Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns {Review}

Recently Chronicle Books sent me the book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book showcases Islamic culture, through the eyes of a young girl, using colors.  We learn about the red of the prayer rug, the brown in dates, the yellow of the zakat box, and so on. There is also a glossary of terms which may be unfamiliar to little ears.


Our favorite part of the book was it’s use of large horizontal double page art, which spreads unbordered to the edges. This allowed us to lay the book flat and talk about all the images of food, holiday preparations and architecture we see.

We especially loved the page of the golden domes on the mosques and decided to try to recreate them. To be unusual, we decided to design them from the view of those birds flying in the sky, looking down.


This is a great STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project because you need to use most of those resources to measure out the sizes of the domes.



Decorative 12×12 paper plus 8.5×11 white card stock
Lids of various sizes
Brown marker (optional)

Start by laying out your lids on the paper to see what you can fit. Play around with smaller lids. Mosques usually have one major dome, but sometimes several minarets and smaller domes. We went with one large dome and two smaller ones.

Cut your 12×12 paper into strips. Ours had glitter, diagonal images that left glitter all over my floor, so do this outside if your floor is not easy to sweep. We made some wider ones for the larger dome and smaller strips for the smaller domes.

Now you need to figure out long your paper strip needs to be to create a dome, turning your design from 2D to 3D. Start by folding over one end, you’ll need this later for the glue, and decide how high you want your dome to be off the paper.  Then fold the other end over, to leave another flap for the glue on the other side. Cut off any access paper.

Add glue to both flaps and place them down on the paper.

Keep adding paper, going around the sides of the dome. You’ll need to measure out each strip since each one will be different size as you build your dome up higher.

This is optional, but we decided to color the rooftop of our mosque brown.

And now our STEAM mosque domes were done and ready to be enjoyed at our dinning table tonight. My daughter will share her findings of how she created a 3D dome by measuring strips of flat paper.


If you enjoyed this mosque craft tutorial, please visit

Mosque Polymer Clay Cake {Tutorial}

Great Mosque of Cordoba {Printable}

Mosque Crepe Paper Banner {Tutorial}

If you enjoy reading a multicultural book and making a project on that book, please visit

Sandwich Swap Hummus {Recipe}

Persian Paisley Painting {Tutorial}

Mosque Pillow {Tutorial}

Or be sure to check out the list I’ve compiled of 99 Creative Mosque Projects.

A Crafty Arab on Pinterest has more DIY tutorials on Arab and Islamic children’s books.



3 Malcolm X Books for Kids {Resource}

I wanted to introduce my youngest daughter to Malcolm X since it’s Black History Month. The first place I went to look for information was our local library where I found three book selections on the shelves. I brought them home so that we could read them together to learn about Malcolm Little, who would change the world as Malcolm X.


After we had gone through them, the experience reminded me of one of my father’s favorite Western movies, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This 1966 spaghetti western was about 3 gunslingers, however the film’s title has entered the English language as an idiomatic expression. It is typically used when describing something thoroughly, the respective phrases refer to upsides, downsides and the parts that could, or should have been done better, but were not.

The Ugly

Let’s start with the ugly, or what should have been done better, but was not. Malcolm X by Michael Benson.

We didn’t get very far in this book because I made my daughter stop reading it. There were a few lines that made warning bells go off in my head, the first was one of the first lines into the book: “African Americans, who were politely called Negroes in those days”…How odd, I thought, as my daughter read the word “politely,” that the author would choose to label the white people as polite in a book about civil unrest due to bullying, scare tactics and lynchings.


But I didn’t say anything and my daughter kept reading. Two pages later, she read this line “Many black families had first come to America as slaves or as servants to white families.”


I actually startled my daughter when I yelled out loud for her to stop reading. “Come to America?!?” I explained to my daughter that black families did not come to America. They were brought here, brutally, on slave ships. Many families were ripped apart by white men who kidnapped children, women and men from their homes in Africa, to bring them to America to work for free as slaves. I let the “servants” comment go…but not for long it seems.


She continued to read a few more pages, then stopped herself. She had gotten to the part about Malcolm’s mother having to work after her husband was killed. “At first, Louise was able to land jobs sewing or keeping house for white people. Many white people didn’t want African American in their homes.”


My daughter was confused because, remember, she had just read “black families had first come…as servants to white families.” Why did they leave their homes in Africa, to come to American to work, when the white families didn’t want them in their homes?


That was enough of that. We stopped reading and moved on to the next book.

The Bad

The second book we picked up was Meet Malcolm X by Melody S. Mis.

The first paragraph on page one was “In 1965, Malcolm X gave a speech that shocked America. He said that African American should use “any means necessary” to get freedom. This suggested that blacks should use violent actions to gain equality.”


My daughter again looked at me startled. I took the book away from her to explain about Malcolm’s childhood. I told her about him looking on as his house burned while the white fire department also watched, I told her about his father being beaten, then killed and driven over by a streetcar, and I also told her about his mother not being able to collect his insurance because they said he had committed suicide. Lastly, I told her about his teacher telling him he could not be a lawyer because of the color of his skin.


I made sure she understood that it was quite odd for a book about the civil rights movement to start with the violence from the black community. I turned the page to discover that the KKK was pictured there, with the title The Early Years next to it. I could not understand, nor could I explain to my daughter, why the author choose not to start with the violent actions of the whites. But this was something that did not sat well with me, so we put that book aside also.

The Good

The book Malcolm Little was written by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. We are in love with this book.

The very first line had us hooked “Malcolm X was one of the most influential men in American history.” Why he was influential was then explain to us in beautiful script that took us to where Malcolm’s mother was born, Grenada, West Indies “where the sweet smell of nutmeg and cocoa swirled together in the tropical air.”


We understood his passion for public speaking because his father Earl used to preach and Malcolm loved to tag along to watch him mesmerize audiences. His “uplifting messages proclaimed freedom, justice and equality for all” was something that Malcolm would listen to with rapt attention.


We learned about his hardships of losing his father and how a butterfly outside his window reminded him that his home was a safe “haven where lessons and values came like nourishment each day.”


After we finished it, my daughter wanted to learn more about Malcolm X becoming a Muslim and I filled in the details. I told her he was a bad young men who got sent to prison and there he learned about Islam. That was where he first changed his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X, honoring his slave heritage with a new last name that the slaves used, since they were mostly illiterate and could only sign an x.


He later performed hajj in Mecca and traveled to different African countries to see people that looked and acted like him. He was impressed with the teachings of Islam and the equality it provides all it’s worshipers, regardless of skin color. He came back from the trip a changed man, and changed his name again to Hajj Malik El Shabazz.


I’m sure there will be more to tell her later, but for now, I’m glad she was now knows who Malcolm X is and his importance in her American history. We especially enjoyed learning it from a loving source that explained in detail how he became of of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time.


To read about more remarkable Muslims, check out these 8 Remarkable Muslims. Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for other children book reviews. This post was written as part of the Multicultural Kids Blog Black History Month blog hop series:



Black History Month Blog Hop on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our fourth annual Black History Month series and giveaway! Follow along all month long as we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and African-Americans. Be sure to enter our giveaway below and link up your own posts at the bottom of the page.

You can also follow our Black History board on Pinterest:

February 3
Embracing Diversity on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Afro-Latino Arturo Schomburg – The African Diaspora’s History Keeper

February 6
Embracing Diversity: Afro-Latinos and Baseball’s Color Line – 5 Pioneers in the Post-Segregation Era

February 7
Hispanic Mama: 5 Latino Dishes that Feature Our African Heritage

February 8
Mama Smiles: How to Use Stories to Teach Children Black History

February 10
Colours of Us: 21 Award-Winning Children’s Books for Black History Month

February 13
Crafty Moms Share: The Real Women Mathematicians of Hidden Figures

February 15
All Done Monkey: History of STEM – Black Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

February 17
A Crafty Arab

February 22
Kitchen Counter Chronicles

February 24

Black History Month Giveaway

Coming soon! Our annual Black History Month giveaway runs from February 3 through February 28, 2017. Winners will be drawn and notified within 48 hours. Note that some prizes have shipping restrictions. If the winner lives outside of that shipping area, that part of the prize package will go to the next prize winner. Read our full giveaway rules.

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Grand Prize

From World of EPI: Winner’s choice of 18″ doll US Shipping Only
From Penguin Kids: I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.; I Am Rosa Parks; and I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
From Quarto Knows: A Stork in a Baobab Tree by Catherine House: Who is King? by Beverley Naidoo; The Fire Children retold by Eric Maddern; Thank you, Jackson by Niki Daly US Shipping Only
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From RiverFrog Publishing: Bella’s Adventures in Africa by Rebecca Darko and Rutendo Muzambi

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From Penguin Kids: I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.; I Am Rosa Parks; and I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
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From Penguin Kids: I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.; I Am Rosa Parks; and I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
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