Sandwich Swap Hummus {Recipe}

Happy Valentine’s Day! For those that don’t celebrate today, then Happy International Book Giving Day!


The mission of book giving day is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. To help celebrate, my daughter gifted one of her favorite books, The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, to a new friend at school. She had just moved to the area and didn’t have any books in her room yet.

This delightful book tells the story of two best friends, Salma and Lily, who share so many things in common. Except for lunch.


Lily eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwiche while Salma eats a hummus and pita sandwich. Soon the entire school is involved in their lunch lesson of friendship, love and tolerance.


In the book, Salma’s mother makes her the sandwiches every morning for lunch and I told my daughter that I remember my own doing the same.  We realized that we wanted to gift the sandwich book with some homemade hummus. We then spent the afternoon putting our book and hummus welcoming present together.



1/3 cup Lemon juice
1/2 cup Olive oil
Olives for garnish
1/4 cup Tahini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 can chickpeas or 2 cups dried chickpeas*

*Hummus is the Arabic world for mashed chickpeas. If you are buying your chickpeas in the can, they are ready to be used, simply drain them. If you buy your chickpeas dry, you will need to bring them to boil then simmer about 1/2 hour until tender.


Combine all ingredients into a food processor and mix until the consistency is smooth. I sometimes sneak in a teaspoon of cayenne if no one is looking for an extra kick.

Place in dish and add a teaspoon of olive oil.  Place a few olives on top for garnish and enjoy with a side of pita chips.  Or add in pita bread as a sandwich.


If you enjoyed this hummus recipe, be sure to visit other Arab food recipes on A Crafty Arab on Pinterst.




Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 {Resource}

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

I’m so excited to be a co-Host this year to add my review for Naji and the Mystery Dig. It was a wonderful book that explains Persian Muslim culture.


On the main MCBD site, there is a linky going on right now for reviewers of books that allow your child to #ReadYourWorld.


I thought I would pull out all the book lists, book related tutorials and reviews that have been posted on ACraftyArab in one easy spot also.


Book lists

5 Books with Strong Arab Protagonist

6 Arabic Dictionaries for Children

7 Stories of Arab Friendship

8 Books about Remarkable Muslims

11 Arabic Folktales

14 Books to Introduce Teens to the Arab World

85 Books about the Arab World

99 Arab Children Books

99 Muslim Children Books


Book related tutorials

Eid Mubarak Punch Out Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Yarn Art Tutorial

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Moon and Star Punch Art Bookmark Tutorial


Book reviews

Amal’s Ramadan / Amal’s Eid

How Many Donkeys?

My First Ramadan

Naji and the Mystery Dig
Please be sure to join the Twitter party happening at 9pm EST to win some amazing diverse literature books for children. Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more book selections, including ones from my Arab authors book club.





Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha TutorialWe love the story of How many Donkeys; An Arabic Counting Tale by Margaret Read McDonald, a Seattle librarian who has written many multicultural books.


In the book, Goha, the wise fool, is taking his dates to sell at the market.  He’s using 10 donkeys to help get him there, but keeps losing a donkey en route.   Readers help Goha count his donkeys along the way with a reading chart at the bootom of the page that shows how to count in Arabic and English.


I love using this book when I do Arabic storytelling at the library because so many of the kids figure out what happens to the missing donkey and love screaming out the answer.


I decided to create a story board to help my daughter count but instead of donkeys, we used pumpkin seeds. We decided to color the seeds to make them look like grains of desert sand.  We also cut out some paper palm trees and a donkey to spend the afternoon imaging all kinds of play scenes.



Parchment Paper
Measuring spoons
Food coloring (yellow & red)
Rubbing alcohol
Plastic container
Pumpkin seeds

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place a few drops of yellow food coloring in the plastic container and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.  Add a handful of seeds in the mix.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place the container lid on and shake it until the seeds are coated with the food coloring.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Use the measruing spoon to take out just the seeds and lay them out to dry on the parchment paper.  Throw in another handfull of seeds and add a few drops of red to turn the next patch into orange.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Lay those out on the parchment paper and add a few more drops to make the next batch a darker red.  Your parchment paper should look like this:

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We left our pumpkins seeds out to dry for 24 hours, making sure to turn them over a few times.

While they were drying, we made some cut outs for our storyboard.  The leaves for our palm trees were made from cutting the edges off a rectangle piece of paper. Then we cut it in half.  The trunk of the palm tree was made from cutting an arch from another rectangle piece of paper.  We just free hand cut the donkey.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Once our seeds were dried, we put our scene together with our colorful sand.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We spent our afternoon playing with the seeds and counting with Goha.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

And it’s so easy for anyone to count in Arabic, since the book includes how to pronounce each number. Brilliant!

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed our book review and pumpkin seed tutorial.  If you’d like to see more of our Arabic books crafts, please visit

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Mosque Pillow Tutorial

I hope to do more multicultural book reviews in the upcoming months to get ready for Multicultural Book Day on January 27th, 2017. Be sure to check out more book lists on A Crafty Arab Pinterest.

A Crafty Arab Multicultural Children Book Day 2017

Here’s a link to the book if you’d like to buy your own copy: