10+ Arab World Paper Roll Crafts {Resource}

Toilet Paper Roll Childrens DIY Crafts

This list of 10+ crafts that use paper rolls, either from toiler paper rolls or paper towel rolls, was gathered due to the recent CoronaVirus epidemic.

Each tutorial includes a little lesson about the Arab world.

One of the first things that people went out and bought, once the pandemic was confirmed, was toilet paper. I wanted to gather a list of all the recycled crafts here on A Crafty Arab that used the inside cardboard material.

This gives the cardboard one more life as a fun project to do during the quarantine.

Just in case your house has a lot of toilet paper rolls lately.


Arabesque Cardboard Roll Vase {Tutorial}

Cardboard Home Telescope {Tutorial} Plus {Review}

Eid Party Poppers {Tutorial}

Khatam Cardboard Tube Gift Wrap {Tutorial}

Kaaba Cardboard Tube Party Favor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Cardboard Roll Wreath {Tutorial}

Recycled Cardboard Tube Card {Tutorial}

Recycled Camel Paper Roll {Tutorial}

Recycled Laylat Al Qadr Mini Light {Tutorial}

Recycled Minaret Money Favor {Tutorial}

Recycled Woolly Sheep Paper Roll {Tutorial}

We will be making more this spring as part of our 10th annual Ramadan Crafts challenge, so please come back for future updates.

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more Arab world and Muslim culture educational resources.

Teen Quarantine Schedule {Resource}

I put this schedule of things to do with my quarantine teens to give them a sense of normalcy during the COVID19 novel coronavirus, when the world may feel scary.

It keeps the same events happening before lunch and after lunch, then allows them free time. While keeping up with school work is very important, making sure the kids take breaks from electronics, and more importantly the news, plus spending time with other family members is a high priority right now.

We start our day at 9, but you are welcome to start yours earlier. After breakfast, we will do some light stretches or yoga.

Now that our bodies have been woken up with food and our bodies have woken up with movement, we can start schoolwork. Because we were so close to an area in American with the highest deaths, our district has anticipated our school closure and my kids have been sent home with sufficient work.

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99 Children Educational Websites {Resource}

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We try to only do schoolwork for an hour, then take a break by doing some creative play. Since I have an artist studio in my home, that means pulling out some paints, or paper or glue and having some fun. We can spend some time doing a craft about the Arab world, or Muslim culture. Since April is so close, we can do some Ramadan crafts to get ready, or do some reading.

After lunch and doing any prep we need to get ready for dinner, we start over again, this time maybe with a bike ride or walk outside.

Chore time is a great time to not just do some light cleaning, but in that hour we are encouraging the kids to pick a pile of “stuff” in their room and get rid of it. This not only helps with hoarding, but it eliminates one more place for dust to settle.

The rest of the day and evening is free time. It is important during this weighted time to find ways to relax and take your mind off of the stress of living through an pandemic.

What are ways you are dealing with the COVID19 novel coronavirus? Leave your suggestions on this A Crafty Arab Facebook post for others to use.

15+ Remarkable Muslim Women Leaders {Resource}

In modern history, the Muslim world has placed over 15 women in a leadership role, as the head of their country. Below, I list these remarkable women, in alphabetical order.

This post is part of a Multicultural Kid Blog’s Women’s History Month Blog Hop. Please be sure to stop by the other blogs to learn more about women around the world.

In 2020, America has a strong female presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, with a plan for everything. She is smart, has great comedic timing, very healthy (having released her health records), has a proven track record of voting fairly, and is fantastic to watch in a debate.

Yet America is reluctant to elect her. There are various reasons, including misogyny in the misguided belief that old white men are still the answer, despite the last few having caused major negative events in American history (an Iraq War and two Impeachments).

This election will be the first that my eldest daughter will be able to vote in, and I excited to talk to her about the possibility of her voting for an American female President. I wanted to share with her the number of times a Muslim country has had a female placed into their highest office.

Muslim Women Presidents

In a Muslim majority country, there have been six female Presidents:

  • Ameenah Gurib was President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018
  • Atifete Jahjaga was President of Kosovo from 2011 to 2016
  • Monique Ohsan Bellepeau was Acting President of Mauritius in 2012 & 2015
  • Roza Otunbayeva was President of Kyrgyzstan from 2010 to 2011
  • Megawati Sukarnoputri was President of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004
  • Haliman Yacob is the current President of Singapore from 2017

Muslim Women Vice Presidents

There have been three Vice Presidents that have helped ruled over a Muslim majority country:

  • Monique Ohsan Bellepeau was the Vice President of Mauritius from 2010 to 2016
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar is the current Vice President of Iran from 2017
  • Megawati Sukarnoputri was Vice President of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001

Muslim Women Prime Ministers

In a Muslim majority country, there have been eleven times a woman has held that position:

  • Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990
  • Benazir Bhutto  was Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1993 to 1996
  • Mame Madior Boye was Prime Minister of Senegal from 2001 to 2002
  • Tansu Çiller was Prime Minister of Turkey from 1993 to 1995
  • Sibel Siber was Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus from 2013 to 2013
  • Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé was Prime Minister of Mali from 2011 to 2012
  • Aminata Touré was Prime Minister of Senegal from 2013 to 2014
  • Sheikh Hasina Wajed was Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2001
  • Sheikh Hasina Wajed is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 2009
  • Khaleda Zia was Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1991 to 1996
  • Khaleda Zia was Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 2001 to 2006

It is interesting to note that in every category, there is still a Muslim woman leader that is currently still acting in that position.

While some many argue that American first needs a woman Vice President before it can have a woman President, I would like to point out that we already have had highly qualified women that have run twice to do the job of President, why take a step backwards?

Whether Elizabeth Warren advances to the presidential party nomination will be up thousands of voters across America deciding on the primary. I know for the future of my daughters, I will be voting for her to advance.

The question then is: are Americans ready for a woman to Dream Big and Fight Hard to bring dignity back to the White House? They should, because Elizabeth Warren has a plan for it.


If you enjoyed finding out about these remarkable Muslim women leaders, be sure to check out these posts:

8 Remarkable Arab Women Artists {Resource}

20+ Remarkable Muslims Children Books {Resource}

Stop by ACraftyArab on Pinterest to see more educational posts that teach about the Arab culture and Muslim world.

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