To get ready for our Arab Cultural Camp in two weeks, we crafted this mosque cardboard ring toss this weekend using recycled material.
Our day at camp will be divided up into four sections, Cooking, Crafts, Outdoor Play and Service Projects. We want to use the ring toss during our Outdoor Play, along with a few other games like our Arabic Numbers Toss. We also are going to be using our Arabic Game Die.
Mosques are seen all over the Arab world since they are not just places for prayers. Many towns use them as community buildings as they tend to be the largest gathering place around. They were built for function as the minarets that were attached serve as a ventilation system for the building in very hot climates that would have an opening in the ceiling that would both accumulate and allow warm air to leave the building through a cupola. Mosques usually have a center hall room with a raised ceiling or dome to allow for heat to accumulate and rise upwards leaving the cold air on the lower floor allowing for a system of natural air conditioning.
We will be talking to the campers about architecture in the Arab world while we create and play fun games.
To make this mosque ring toss used paints and supplies sent as my role as Plaid Ambassador. Other supplies, like the square dish and round lid, came from our kitchen. The tri-fold was rescued from our school art room when I was cleaning it out.
We researched different types of minarets on mosques all over the world.
Before long, my daughter had drew out a simple design that combined the Ottoman with the Qairawan minarets.
She measured out how much space she needed to have four minarets and used the Sharpie and ruler to draw them. She did this on the back of the tri fold board so that the black ink would not be seen later.
Once the minarets where done, she added side flaps to help hold the ring toss when it was standing. She made them slanted. She then cut everything out.
For the main part of the mosque, my daughter used the round lip to create a dome. She only drew out half the circle and then created a rectangle underneath it. She used the stencil and paint in the rectangle to give the mosque wall a design.
The final paint job came with the blue sky. Originally, she had wanted to paint it with stars, but changed her mind and kept it solid.
After the paint had dried, she went back with the stencil and added details with a gold Sharpie.
She also glued the moon and star to the top of the dome.
She set her mosque aside to dry on a flat surface and started on her rings for the toss. Rather than create plain circles, she decided to make a khatam shape, the Arabic world for eight point star. She used a square plate from the kitchen to outline two squares, offset from each other.
She removed the plate and drew two more squares inside, but slightly smaller.
Once the khatam was done, she cut out the shape from the cardboard and made two more.
She painted them all different colors. She made sure they were fully dry before using them.
Now our mosque cardboard ring toss is ready for the kids to play with at camp.
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