A Crafty Arab Knolling {Gift}

Knolling is big right now all over social media.

Knolling is the process of placing similar items in parallel or 90 degree angles and taking a photo.

I thought it might be fun to try and gathered items from my studio.

The result is a mixture of crafts from past 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenges and
some of my products.

And Big Bird, because without him, there would be
no me. All in yellow, just like my living room.

A Crafty Arab Knolling

Although I took this photo back in July, I wasn’t able to post it due to my 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge.

What would you put in your knolling photo?

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Arabic Colors Animal Poster is here!

Five years ago, I released a dream into the world that had taken 10 years to realize.

I created an Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster that was bright, fun, cheerful and happy for children to learn the Arabic language. From there, I went on to produce magnets and create a successful Kickstarter campaign for game cards.

The Arabic alphabet poster can now be found online, at locations around Seattle, Washington, the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and the African Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Today I’m excited to let everyone know that the dream continues with the release of the Arabic Colors Animal Poster©.

A Crafty Arab’s Arabic Color Animal Poster©

The new Arabic Colors Animal Poster features eleven of our animals from the original Animal poster, doing various activities with color. Each color is also written in Arabic in the color it represents. I will be working on a Parent Teacher Guide soon that will go with the poster to help with pronunciations and continue the story lines of each character.

 

Raisa the Racoon (raccoon in Arabic) is organizing her peas

The Arabic Colors Animal Poster has been in the planning and design stages for over a year now, going through some rigorous focus group discussions to come up with the design.

Gasem the Qird (monkey in Arabic) started in a box

I’m working on getting the poster added to my Amazon, Etsy, and Zibbet shops soon. I just picked it up from the printers on Friday, so I haven’t even had a chance to put it up on my studio wall yet.  I really hope that people like it.

I promise it’s not going to be another 5 years before a new poster is revealed because drawings have already begun for the Arabic Numbers Animal Poster and Arabic Shapes Animal Poster.

Stay tuned!

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Raise awareness for International Mother Language Day {Resource}

As many of my loyal readers know, I’m a huge fan of the Arabic language, having spent my last seven years devoted to making an Arabic alphabet poster, game cards, magnets and also giving away free Arabic alphabet coloring pages , craft tutorials and games to teach Arabic right here.

I am proud of having a mother tongue and although I don’t speak it as much as I’d like to my own girls, I still enjoy popping it in conversation. When I am around other Arabs, I try to speak Arabic so my girls can hear it.  But other then memorized Arabic, they don’t speak it as much as I’d like.

My dream is for things to calm down in Libya so I can take them there for a summer to meet their cousins and be submerged in Arabic.  Ahhh, someday, Insha’Allah.

Last month, when I heard Multicultural Kids Blog was doing a campaign to raise awareness for International Mother Language Day, I knew I wanted to be a part of that fun.

It’s a win win really, people around the world get a reminder of the beauty of Arabic, and it helps remind me to put more Arabic in my own house.

I’m a day late to the campaign, but I’d like to start it off with a kiss.

Bow’sa is kiss in Arabic, is written from right to left and also has 4 letters.

Enjoy the rest of the month on my Instagram account, which just hit over 100 less then two weeks of getting “re”started!

Shukran!!