Camel Straw Racing {Tutorial}

For our Ramadan crafts challenge today, we learned about camel racing.


Camel racing is the sport of running camels at speed with a rider astride, over a predetermined course.


The sport is generally limited to running the dromedary—whose name is derived from the Greek verb dramein, “to run” — camel.


Camel racing is a popular sport in the Arab world in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. It can be traced to the 7th century CE.


Camel racing has come to be recognized as a great tourist attraction where traditional costumes and rituals are displayed.


We held our own camel race in the back yard, but instead of jockeys, we used straws to make our camels move.



Cookie cutter
Straw (two sizes)

We started by tracing our camel from our our cookie cutter. We made 4 camels total.

We drew different blankets and numbers on the camels, then cut out the camels.

We cut the straw in half. These straws come in chocolate milk packets and are two sizes. If you do not have these straws, you’ll need two sizes so that one fits into the other. We taped the larger straw to the back of the camel.

We taped down one end of the straw shut.

Now we took our camels outside and got them ready for the race.

My daughters each picked out a camel, placed the smaller straw in the larger straw and then when I said GO, they blew into their straws to cause their camels to fly across the yard.  After a while, we even brought out the measuring stick to start keeping track of who had the camel that went the longest distance.


We hoped you enjoyed learning about camel races and making your own. If you are looking for more cookie cutter crafts, please visit

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If you’d like to see more of our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.




Ramadan Photo Booth {Tutorial}

Our local mosque is having an iftar dinner this weekend. I’m in charge of kid’s activities and thought of this Ramadan photo booth.  The parents can take photos, or I have also asked for a projector so the kids can put on a silly fashion show on the wall, for each other.


We made four props to go with the frame to start off our photo booth and I’ll be taking construction paper and extra skewers to have the kids make their own.  I was also going to raid my own kids’ toy chest for boas or hats.


This tutorial is day 4 of our 7th annual Ramadan crafts challenge. I hope that by sharing how we made it, you can try it also.



Large cardboard or foam core
Scissors  and Xacto
Spray paint
Stencil letters
Construction paper
Wood skewers

My daughter had a three panel board left over from science fair, so we cut off the two side panels and a square in the middle. We left a little more room at the bottom than the top for our words.

We decided we waned our photo frame to be silver, so we headed outside to spray paint, making sure to lay down newspaper.

Once our paint was dry, we used the stencil letters to spell out RAMADAN KAREEM, which means blessed Ramadan in Arabic.  We also added the year 2017 and a moon and star.

Once our frame was done, we cut out red construction paper for the fez hat. Using the black marker, we added a tassel and a few other lines to make it look realistic.  For the lantern, we cut out the shape, then used the Xacto to cut out three long rectangles.

We added yellow construction paper to the back and then the skewer on top.

We wanted to give the kids some ideas and cut out a heart and mustache for inspiration.

Now we are ready for our iftar dinner and some silly photo ops!


If you enjoyed making this photo frame, please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more of our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge.


Mosque Salt and Glue Watercolor Card {Tutorial}

Today’s Ramadan craft for our 30 day challenge involves mixing glue and salt, with a frosting of watercolor on top.


I know, it all sounds very silly, but our house was a house of giggles today as our art project turned into a science project that moves.


We started with an outline of a mosque that we drew out in glue and then added a layer of salt.  The fun starts when watercolor is added and it spreads across the salt grains, traveling in waves of color. We were not able to stop with only one card and spent the rest of the afternoon making more designs.



Watercolor paper or thick cardstock

My daughter drew out a simple mosque outline shape with pencil. She also added details such as wavy lines across the dome, swirls around the front and horizontal lines on the minaret.

My daughter went over the pencil lines with glue.

I placed the card in a glass lasagna dish to make clean up of the salt after easier and gave my daughter the shaker.  She made sure every tiny bit of glue was covered.

Now the fun started. I gave her the watercolors and she watched as the magic unfolded.  The paint spreads on it’s own and you only need a tiny bit at the end of the brush.

After she finished the outline of the mosque, she added dotted details on the front wall (to “look like tile” she said) and a crescent moon to the top of the doom.

Lucky for us, we had sunshine today and were able to set our card out to dry for a few hours.  In the meantime, we colored some more, including a khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, inspired by our Algeria geometric drawing.


If you would like to make more mosque crafts, please stop by our 99 Creative Mosque Projects post.


If you enjoyed making this card, be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see past Ramadan craft tutorials.