We spent the day Eid baking and needed the young ones out of the way. My oldest taught them how to make cartoon books with Arab women wearing traditional outfits.
Eid Al Fitr is the holiday at the end of Ramadan and is spent at social gatherings with friends and family.
Traditionally we have spent the weekend before Eid baking cookies at a friend’s home and this year was no exception.
While all the women were in the kitchen, my teen helped watch the young ones. She took a book of Arab women in traditional clothes and they spent the afternoon making cartoon books. She first drew them sample templates that they could trace or draw their own characters all together.
The only supplies this activity needs is pen, paper and coloring markers. The first step is to stack two sheets of paper on top of each other and fold them into three equal parts across the wide part of the papers.
Then my teen drew a Moroccan woman in traditional clothes holding a tagine in the middle section.
The next step is to cut across the narrow part of the paper on either side of the drawn character in two equal sections. Make sure to do this for both pieces of paper, both times not cutting the middle section.
Using the first woman as a guide, my daughter drew out the middle section of a different Arab woman from one of her sample templates.
Once my daughter had drawn four women on either side of the middle drawing, she colored them all in.
Now there are five different traditional outfits to choose from to create new funny characters.
If you enjoyed making this cartoon book, be sure to stop by these other book tutorials
Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other activities that teach about the Arab world.