Eid Party Fruit Snack {Recipe}

How was your Eid Al Adha gathering this past weekend? I hope you had a fabulous time with family, friends and of course food!

 

We got together with friends after prayers for a potluck play date with a toy exchange and craft table, plus this cute station where the kids made fruit snacks in the shape of a palm tree with a sheep enjoying it’s shade.

 

We were inspired from creating them last year at girl scout camp. When we got home, we gathered all the ingredients so we can show you step by step how to make them.

 

Supplies

Icing
Spreader knife
Banana (2)
Blueberries
Cheese stick
Grapes
Clementines (2)

Since kids are doing this, we found spreader knives that were able to cut the fruit, but not each other!  First we had a quick lesson on knife safety.  Once the kids each had a knife, they were told to cut the grapes, lengthwise, to resemble the “grass” at the bottom of the plate. They also cut the banana lengthwise.

After placing the cut banana on the plate, nestled in the grass, the kids used the knives to create cuts in the tree trunk.

Once the banana looked like a palm tree “trunk”, the kids worked on the palm “leaves” by peeling the oranges and placing them in a fan shape on top.

Now that the grass and tree were done, the kids started working on the “sheep” by cutting the other banana into thin slices. They placed a few in a circle and added more on top to resemble “wool.”

Next came the “face” which is made from cutting the blueberries.

For the “eyes” the kids were given the cheese stick and told to cut out small circles.  They can cut as many as they need until they can get two small enough to fit on the face.  Then they used small left over parts of the blueberries for the final touch.

The final touch was writing EID in frosting. Some kids wrote their name, or added balloons and other shapes. You can also add a cup of slightly warmed peanut butter or Nutella for dipping the banana slices!

Here is our final version, which lasted for about two minutes before it was totally gobbled up! This snack is also fun to eat with toothpicks, but be conscious of the kids ages before you bring those out.

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Sheep Origami Bookmark {Tutorial} plus Who Hid The Eid Lamb {Review}

I recently received the Arabic children’s book Who Hid the Eid Lamb, written by Taghreed Najjar and illustrated by Manal Haddadin, from Maktabatee.  This company, owned by two moms, is founded with a simple objective: to hand-select high-quality, engaging, and relevant Arabic books and goods for children and beginners.

 

The story hit so close to home because the same thing happened to me as a child. You can’t image my joy at realizing I can share my experience with my daughters as I saw myself in a children’s book. Even down to the pony tail!

 

I also remember as a child falling in love with an Eid lamb that had been brought to my aunt’s home before Eid Al Adha.  While the story in the book is set in Palestine, and mine was in Libya, and the lamb in the book was white, while the one in my memory is black, the other similarities really hit close to home.

 

I remember my older cousin Ahmed had to kill the lamb for the family Eid meal and I was mad at him for days after. It’s funny how memories come rushing back from just a few images.  And the images in the book are quite stunning. We loved them all, from the detail in the Palestinian embroidery on the dresses to the tiny touches like a flower necklace on the lamb, as it frolicks in the field.

Did you notice our adorable sheep bookmark holding our place in the corner? Inspired partly by the Kaab’a bookmark we made a few days ago and the lamb from my childhood, we made it to go with our new book.

 

Supplies

Double sided tape
Scissors
Pen
Pencil
Card stock in beige, black and pink

This bookmark is in two parts, the origami bookmark that fits over the page and the cover made to look like a lamb. We started by making our bookmark first by folding a square piece of beige card stock into a triangle.

We folded the top point down.

We then folded over the points on the side of the triangle towards the point in the middle.

Finally, we tucked the side points into the pocket created by our second fold.

 

Our bookmark looked like this when it was complete. We set it aside to work on our lamb, which will cover the middle fold.

My daughter drew out a large “cloud” design on the black card stock and cut it out. She choose the word cloud because kids would get it, she said. She made it the size of our bookmark.

Next she placed the cloud over the bookmark and traced out the design. She traced it out with pencil, but if you feel confident to just cut and turn, you can try it that way too.

Now she needed to create the tuft of wool over the eyes of the lamb. She drew out a more horizontal, smaller cloud shape.

Once that was cut out, she drew and also cut an oval for the lamb face.

Finally, the ears were drawn and cut.

Now all our pieces were ready for assembly.

We added the oval face to the round black card stock and placed the ears on the sides. The top layer was the tuft of wool over the eyes.

We added the lamb’s face to the bookmark, only adding double sided tape to the top half of the body.

We made sure our cut out points matched.

Now it was time to use our pencil and draw out eyes, a nose and a mouth. We used the face from the sheep countdown printout to figure out placement.

We cut out a small triangle from pink card stock for the nose and use the double sided tape to add it on. My daughter then went over the pencil lines with a pen. She also outlined the ears and face.

Now our book mark is done and ready to hold our place.

Please stop by the Maktabee site to check out this adorable book on Eid Al Adha. It’s also available on Amazon and at your local book seller.

After I read the story to my daughter, I took it to the story time I did for Hajj at our local library and the kids there loved it also.

Shukran, Arabic for thank you, Maktabatee for this beautiful treasure that I am happy to add to my shelf of books.

If you enjoyed making this bookmark, stop by these tutorials
Moon and Star Punch Art Bookmark {Tutorial}

Eid Mubarak Punch Out Bookmark {Tutorial}

 

To make more sheep crafts, visit

Eid PomPom Sheep {Tutorial}

99 Creative Sheep Projects {Resource}

 

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Eid Al Adha Frolicking Sheep Banner {Tutorial}

Eid Al Adha, the second of two Muslim major holidays, will be on September 1, 2017 this year and we need to get our house ready for visitors.

 

I wanted to keep it simple because back to school activities are in high gear with three girls going to three different schools this year. I decided to punch out some circles and use precut letters to pull this banner together in a few minutes time.

 

I saw these Martha Stewart baby felt stickers on sale recently and grabbed them right away because the sheep were so cute. And of course the moon and star design caught my eye. Can I be honest? I got more than one, but don’t tell my husband!

 

Tip: When you are making banners, always be on the lookout for large stickers that are mirror images of each other. This allows you to “bookend” the design between the letters.

 

Supplies

Large circle punch
Ribbon
Double sided tape
Martha Stewart Crafts White Felt Applique Stickers
Chipboard letters
Grass punch
Hole punch
Blue card stock
Green card stock

I started by using the large hole punch to create 5 blue and 3 green circles.

I cut the green circles in half and sent them through the grass punch.

I added double sided tape to the green card stock and added it on top of the blue, towards the bottom. You will need two blue circles for the sheep and three to spell out E I D.

I lifted up a few blades of “grass” and added the sheep stickers, with the legs covered. This makes them look like they are frolicking in the grass.  Make sure to have both sheep facing inward.

I added two holes at the top of the 5 circles, for the ribbon.

Making sure I placed the two lambs at the ends, I add all the circles to the ribbon.

I place the E I D stickers on the three blank inner circles.

 

My banner is done and ready to hang in my window to let my neighbors we are ready for Eid.

 

If you enjoyed making this, please stop by other Eid banners we have made, Eid Puff Banner or Eid 3D Banner.  Or visit 99 Creative Eid Projects or 99 Creative Sheep Projects for more ideas.

 

Don’t have time to craft or feeling overwhelmed? Just download these free printables for an instant party!

 

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