Seattle Arab Cultural Camp {Resource}

I have decided to create an Arab Cultural Camp for children in Washington.

 

After spending years working at various children’s camps around the Puget Sound, starting with StarTalk in Seattle and recently at Girl Scout Rainbow Camp on the Eastside, I wanted to create a camp that would specifically focus on the culture and heritage of the Arab world.

 

I have used the resources from A Crafty Arab, combined with my eleven year’s experience as an art docent at my daughters’ school, to create eight, fun, educational, camp stations.  These art lesson stations include themes about Arab hospitality, Arab countries, Arab literature, Arab traditional instruments, Arab spices, etc.

 

It will be held August 6-10 in my artist studio in Redmond and August 20-24 at Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle.

 

Since this is our inaugural year, the camp will be limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis.  I will be taking children enterting grades K-6 from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, with a special outing and gallery show planned for our final day. Camp will be $200 a week to cover materials and visiting artists fees. There will be an open house for interested parents, to check out the studio and experience a sample art stations, on July 28th.

 

Arab Cultural Camp Sample Day

Our Arab Cultural Camp day will start with a Arabic story time/ song/ reading activity. My studio library includes hundreds of crafts and Arab children books. The children will be able to check out any of the books at the end of the day for enjoyment at home with siblings or other family members.

 

The children will then be separated for age appropriate stations. These included painting, cooking, calligraphy, dabke, etc before a break for lunch.

 

The children will enjoy a lunch from home, or a nutritious option can be provided for an additional fee paid that morning, before beginning a second set of stations.

 

Our day will finish with another story time / song / reading activity before the children are picked up.  If daycare hours are needed, please let me know.

 

We will have one day when a local Arab musician will come to teach the children how to play the darbuka for an all camp singalong, I am still working the details on which day. Our Friday will also be a little different as it will include an art outing, followed by a gallery show of all the children’s artwork.

 

Yalla, let’s do this, I’m in!

If you are interested in learning more about the Arab Cultural Camp, either contact me or fill out an Arab Cultural Camp Application.

 

If this year’s Arab Cultural Camp is a success, I have also submitted a City of Seattle Youth Arts grant to offer it for free to refugee children next year. If you would like to be involved in that endeavor, please let me know as I hope to make it a much larger scale project and will be grateful for a few helping hands.

Feed the Baby Hummus {Review}

Not long ago, I received the book Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World by Lisa Lewis, MD. I was intrigued by the title.

 

The book itself is very well researched, containing global parenting practices for new parents.  It’s divided into four sections: 1. Behavior and Development, 2. Decisions to Make, 3. Diet and Nutrient, and 4. Building Immunity and Body Care.  Each section contains various chapters that help guide your baby through it’s first year.

 

Having been raised on hummus, an Arabic word that means ‘crushed chickpeas,’ I plunged into the book to find out other ways that Middle East and North African (MENA) Arab moms raise their children. However, other than Lebanese food, the Arab culture is not mentioned. (There is also a recipe for ‘Middle East Lentils’ but Middle East also includes countries such as Turkey, Iran, etc, where Arabic is not spoken.)

 

Once I got over this the first time, I went back to re-read the book and found some true gems. For example:

  • In Greece, the godparents are required to buy the first pair of shoes for a baby’s christening.
  • Mothers in Jamaica use rose water to soothe babies who have a fever.
  • In Laos and Thailand, ginger is popularly used as a galactagogue.

The chapters are well written and the appendix contains helpful shopping lists, for both the nursery and the kitchen.

 

If you are a parent in need of parenting advice that incorporates various multicultural practices, this is a book for you. It really does do a good job of teaching about the global parenting village.  Use it as a stepping stone that will potentially lead you to vast diverse resources used around the world. Just keep in mind, it’s only the tip of the iceberg in how parents raise world citizens.

Please stop by A Crafty Arab educational resources to read other book reviews that educate about the Arab world.

13 Activities to Cheer on Arab Winter Athletes {Resource}

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be starting next week on February 9th, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.  This year, two Arab countries, Lebanon and Morocco, will be participating.

 

At the last Summer Olympics, I put together a list of activities to do to cheer on the Arab athletes and thought it might be nice to do the same for the winter athletes.

 

I’ve compiled a few from my own site and added some others from my fellow bloggers.

Lebanon

Sports 2 * Athletes 3

Lebanese Cedar Bead Tree {Tutorial}
Lebanese Flag Candle {Tutorial}
Lebanese Lentil Soup {Recipe}
Lebanese Meghli {Recipe}
Lebanon Rocks {Tutorial}

Morocco

Sports 2 * Athletes 2

Moroccan Beef Tagine with green couscous
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Honey & Apricots
Morocco Flag Candy Dish {Tutorial}
Morrocan Leg of Lamb
Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan Recipe: Bread or Khobz
Morocco Rocks {Tutorial}
Morocco Sweet Stew {Recipe}

 

Visit these other posts from my sisters at Muslimah Bloggers who also wrote about activities that can be done to get ready for the Winter Olympics.

Olympic Games Crafts for Kids from Multicultural Motherhood
Winter Olympics Activities from Alizeh My Soul

 

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more activities about the Arab world.