Black Lives Matter Painted Rocks {Tutorial}

Black Lives Matter Kid Craft

My daughters wanted to participate in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that is happening around the world. We crafted these BLM rocks to jump start conversations with other kids.

In the past, I have taken them to protests to voice our opinion. Lately, the city where we live, Seattle has been tear gassing peacefully protesting children. Also troubling, recently a terrorist drove through a crowd, then shot a gentlemen who had been peacefully protesting.

We brainstormed other ways we can help create change. Other than participate in a protest, we wanted to bring the unfair systematic racism conversation into our community.

We decided to add BLM rocks to a local area park. They were placed close to the sidewalk, to be seen & taken as conversation starters for other kids.

Rocks make a smooth, and inexpensive, surface to decorate, once a base paint is added to them. We have used rocks before to show appreciation, learn about flags, and other Islamic cultures.

Below are the steps to how we made them, in hopes that others will do the same to start other similar conversations. I received the supplies for my role at Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

We took this flat rock from under our deck, so first we watched it with soap and a deep brush to remove any dirt particles. Once it was dry, my daughter added a coat of white paint, waited for it to dry, then added a second layer.

I helped her write the letters BLM on the rocks with the thin brush and black paint. After a few of them, I drew the letters in pencil & my daughter gave it a try by painting over the lines. Pretty soon, she was painting the letters directly on the rocks by herself.

And the final step was to add some heart shapes around the letters using red and pink paint. My daughter made these by using the thin paintbrush to make the letter V.

If your rocks are going to be inside, you are done. However, if you are going to put your rocks outside in a garden, make sure to add a sealant to help protect the paint. I also made one extra rock that said TAKE ONE to make sure kids (and their caregivers) knew they were gifts.

Check out this Racial Justice: Resources for Teaching Children list from Multicultural Kid Blogs if you need help in ways to jump start your conversation or these resources on our blog

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10+ Arab World Paper Roll Crafts {Resource}

Toilet Paper Roll Childrens DIY Crafts

This list of 10+ crafts that use paper rolls, either from toiler paper rolls or paper towel rolls, was gathered due to the recent CoronaVirus epidemic.

Each tutorial includes a little lesson about the Arab world.

One of the first things that people went out and bought, once the pandemic was confirmed, was toilet paper. I wanted to gather a list of all the recycled crafts here on A Crafty Arab that used the inside cardboard material.

This gives the cardboard one more life as a fun project to do during the quarantine.

Just in case your house has a lot of toilet paper rolls lately.

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Arabesque Cardboard Roll Vase {Tutorial}

Cardboard Home Telescope {Tutorial} Plus {Review}

Eid Party Poppers {Tutorial}

Khatam Cardboard Tube Gift Wrap {Tutorial}

Kaaba Cardboard Tube Party Favor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Cardboard Roll Wreath {Tutorial}

Recycled Cardboard Tube Card {Tutorial}

Recycled Camel Paper Roll {Tutorial}

Recycled Laylat Al Qadr Mini Light {Tutorial}

Recycled Minaret Money Favor {Tutorial}

Recycled Woolly Sheep Paper Roll {Tutorial}

We will be making more this spring as part of our 10th annual Ramadan Crafts challenge, so please come back for future updates.

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more Arab world and Muslim culture educational resources.

Arabic Chalkboard Vase {Tutorial}

I sneak in Arabic around our house as often as I can and this chalkboard vase allows me a chance to do it with names of Arabic colors.

I received the chalkboard paint as a Plaid Ambassador and have used it before on multiple projects around our home. We added it to my daughter’s lunchbox so I can leave her messages, we painted it on a lazy suzan so I can write down what we were having and used it as a writing block.

We’ve used it on several other projects as well that are listed on the bottom and it is really great how there is still so much left to do with that little bottle.

Follow along as we used chalkboard paint to help learn our Arabic colors.

Supplies

Make sure your glass vase has been cleaned and is thoroughly dry before you apply the tape. We didn’t measure where to put it, just about a few inches from the bottom.

Tear off the tape to make sure there is overlap, then go over with your fingertips to remove any air bubbles. Especially around the bottom edge.

Use the sponge brush to add the chalkboard paint to the glass vase. We waited a few hours, then added another coat. Then another.

We left the vase alone for a few days, then followed the instructions on the paint bottle on how to condition our surface.

Once we wiped all the chalk off, our vase was ready to use. Here I’ve written the Arabic for white flower: زهرة بيضاء

Reminder: Arabic is read right to left, so زهرة is Arabic for flower and بيضاء is Arabic for white.

I have to admit that it is a bit harder to write on a rounded surface, but with time, I think I can get it down. Now when we change out the white flower for a different one next week, I can practice again on that color.

Stop by these other fun chalkboard tutorials

Ramadan Chalkboard Sting Art {Tutorial}

Eid Sheep Magnet {Tutorial}

Make sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see other tutorials to help teach Arabic.