Cardboard Home Telescope {Tutorial} Plus {Review}

This recycled cardboard home telescope began it’s life as two paper towel rolls. We added some reading glasses and paint to make a homemade telescope just like the one Sadiq, the protagonist from Sadiq and the Desert Star, used to help him look for stars.

Sadiq and the Desert Star is a new book by Somali American Siman Nuurali and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar. It was published by Capstone and they recently sent me an advanced copy to enjoy.

My daughter read the story, and had lots of questions about Berbera, Somalia, where Sadiq was from. We learned it is a coastal city and was the most important place of trade in the entire Horn of Africa. Sadiq’s grandfather used the desert star to guide his caravan trips through the Sahara Desert.

After we spent some time learning about Berbera, my daughter gathered supplies to start her telescope right away. She wanted to see if she could really see Mars, just like Sadiq and his friends at the observatory.

Supplies

The first step my daughter took in making her own telescope is to cut one of the paper rolls lengthwise.

She took the cut paper roll and placed it inside the other tube.

Next, I helped my daughter pop out the glasses from their frame and she taped one to the end of the cut paper roll. She made sure to place the curved side facing the tube.

Once that end was secure, she did the same to the other end, but this time she made sure the curved side of the glass faced away from the cardboard.

Next we painted the tube with cardboard paint. You can use any paint you want, but we thought it might be fun to use chalkboard paint so that we could use chalk on the tube to write down what we saw.


We had a bit of a problem trying to paint over the tape that attach the glasses. I think when we make more telescopes for our upcoming space club, we will have everyone paint their tubes before taping on the glasses.

Now our telescope was ready. We wanted to take a photo in the daytime to show you what it looks like, but please never, ever use your telescope to look at the sun. This is dangerous and could really hurt your eyesight.

While she did love this book overall, she was confused as to why Sadiq’s mother and sister were wearing the hijab in the kitchen. Her own grandmother and aunt, who wear the hijab everyday, always take it off when they come home.

My daughter did love the facts about Somalia that was included, as well as the new Somali terms she got to practice. For example, in Somali, a grandfather is awoowe, but in Libyan we use jidu. I also loved the glossary in the back for the astronomy terms, plus the sections that encouraged kids to talk about and write down their thoughts about the book.

There are more Sadizq books coming out and my daughter can’t wait to read them:

To check out our other reviews of books, with craft tutorials, visit

Meet Yasmin {Book Review}

Naji and the Mystery of the Dig {Book Review}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see hundreds of books lists and tutorials that teach about the Arab world and Muslim culture.

Kaaba Painted Bookbag {Tutorial}

Eid Al Adha will occur on August 10 , 2019 and this Kaaba inspired bookbag is the perfect gift to give anyone celebrating.

{This blog post is part of a Hajj for Kids blog hop being organized by Multicultural Kid Blogs, so be sure to visit the other blogs, listed at the end of this tutorial, for other educational posts about this special holiday.}

Eid Al Adha is a festival celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him) to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son. Ibrahim (Arabic: إبراهيم) is known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish religious traditions.

In the lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which means The Month of the Pilgrimage, when Eid Al Adha occurs, Muslims often make an extra effort to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj (Arabic for pilgrimage) around the Kaaba. Partaking in this trip is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The Kaaba holds Islam’s most important mosque, The Great Mosque of Mecca (Arabic: أَلمَسْجِد أَلحَرَام‎, The Sacred Mosque). Muslims around the world pray towards it’s direction five times a day.

My youngest daughter and I used the Kaaba as inspiration for this book bag to give to a friend who often makes this an annual trip, saving up all year for this unique event. We used fabric paint and a paintbrush that I received as a Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

The first step in getting our bag started was to tape off a straight line across the top and a door. The door on the Kaaba is actually on the side, but we didn’t want ours to look exactly like the real thing, so we placed ours in the middle.

My daughter ran her fingertips along the tape edges to make sure it was very secure before she started painting inside the blue tape lines. If you don’t do this, the tape might be a little loose & paint can slip under.

My daughter added a few more layers of paint and let it dry overnight. She then gently removed the tape.

Now her bookbag is ready to give as a gift. Or maybe we’ll keep this one since it’s so cute & make another? It was so easy and took no time at all.

Please be sure to visit other Kaaba inspired craft tutorials to make with kids while talking about this holiday:

Kaaba Candy Party Treat {Tutorial}

Kaaba Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

Stop by ACraftyArab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world and Muslim culture.

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Hajj for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs Welcome to our second Hajj for Kids blog hop! Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the Muslim calendar, and that all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime. This blog hop is intended to share ideas to teach children about this special time. Be sure to check out our last Hajj for Kids series, plus you can find more resources on our Hajj for Kids Pinterest board:
 

Participating Blogs

Alizeh My Soul on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Facts About Eid ul-Adha and Hajj

A Crafty Arab: Kaaba Painted Bookbag Tutorial

The Multilingual Home: Hajj Inspired Art Projects

Jeddah Mom: Let’s Go for Hajj Activity Pack for Children

2019 Ramadan Crafts 30 Day Challenge {Resource}

ACraftyArab Ramadan Crafts 2019 - 1440My daughters and I have really enjoyed sharing our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge with you for the past eight years.

We are thrilled to once again start up our 30 day challenge, our 9th annual, for the 2019 Gregorian and 1440 Hijri year.

2019 ACraftyArab Ramadan banner

You will see some old favorites, a perler start to easy into out first day, an advent calendar to count down, a few games to help us through some tough tests, and of course projects on mosques, stars, moons, and Eid (including some fun favors!).

We’ll have some printables to make sure we keep learning, a few recipes to share during iftars with friends, a brand new Ramadan book review and some special guest posts for days that we need a break from social media to enjoy this holy month.

Please stop by our past years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; to see fun, often recycelable crafts plus activities and as always, visiting the A Crafty Arab Pinterest page is usually the best place to visually see *almost* everything.

Be sure to follow A Crafty Arab on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with our daily posts. Share them with your parent, educator or curious friends too!

If you are looking for books or gifts for Eid to finally have this year the one that you’ll get ahead of wrapping presents, please think about buying books from our A Crafty Arab resource links and website to help support the supplies needed for the blog (keeping in mind that I am donating portions of each sale of my brand new Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book to refugees families in need).

Here are the 2019 Ramadan crafts daily challenge posts

Ramadan Day 1 Ramadan Perler Mosque {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 2 Ramadan Ice Cream Calendar {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 3 Lantern Love Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 4 Arabesque Paint Chip Coasters {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 5 Teabag Folding Khatam Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 6 Protective Nazar Rocks {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 7 Ramadan Circle Wall Decor {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 8 Ramadan Indian Food Word Search {Printable} plus Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid {Book Review}

Ramadan Day 9 Ramadan Moon and Star Bird Feeder {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 10 Nakba Shrinky Dink Key Chain {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 11 Moon and Star Bookmarks Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 12 Gallery Glass Zakat Minaret {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 13 Libya Collage Pin {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 14 Color Shift Glitterific Mosque Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 15 Khatam Atom Caution Sign {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 16 Ramadan Popsicle Suncatcher {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 17 Moroccan Harira Soup {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 18 Eid Aperture Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 19 Bismillah Round Placemat {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 20 Ramadan Word Scramble {Printable}

Ramadan Day 21 Eid Sequence Paper Plate {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 22 Allah Gallery Glass Suncatcher {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 23 Arabesque Felt Tea Coaster {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 24 6 Kid Approved Stuffed Dates {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 25 Eid Gallery Glass Cheese Tray {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 26 Recycled Oui Tea Lights {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 27 Chocolate Moon and Star Krispie Treats {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 28 Arab Women Cartoon Book {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 29 Recycled Minaret Money Favor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 30 Recycled Cardboard Oud {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about Muslim culture and the Arab world.