A Crafty Arab is the 2008 brainchild of Koloud Tarapolsi, a Libyan American who wanted to handcraft a vibrant Arab world.
Ms. Tarapolsi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Art History and her Master’s in International Studies with a certification in museum studies.
Ms. Tarapolsi started A Crafty Arab with a singular mission – – To introduce young learners around the globe to the many marvelous wonders of the Arab world, Muslim culture, and the Arabic language.
A Crafty Arab carries out its mission in two ways: 1) a free educational multicultural blog, and 2) by selling Arabic educational products that help support this blog
A Crafty Arab educational products can be found online on Amazon, and Zibbet or in person at the Jerusalem Fund and Smithsonian African Museum in Washington, DC.
Arabic language educational products
The Arabic alphabet animal poster became an idea in 2002. Koloud Tarapolsi received an English alphabet poster, by Jill M Schmidt, a published illustrator of children’s books. Ms. Tarapolsi realized there was a need for an Arabic poster that was bright, fun and colorful and began working with Jill in 2010 to create this product line.
A Crafty Arab offers educational tools that introduce the 28 Arabic alphabet letters to young children, each is $18.99 (plus shipping & handling). It is possible to purchase three at $50.00. All are offered on ACraftyArab.Zibbet.com shop.
- Arabic Alphabet Poster and Arabic Alphabet Parent and Teacher Guide
- Arabic Colors Animal Poster
- Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book
- Arabic Animal Alphabet Card App
- Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu Christmas Holiday Cards
Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster
This Arabic Alphabet poster showcases 28 animals in bright, fun colors with their Arabic letter & name. The poster will be perfect for your nursery, your child’s room or play areas, or even for yours or your child’s classroom. Each poster was created with a Arabic Alphabet Poster Parent and Teacher Guide to help with pronunciations and examples of other words that use the same letters.
Arabic Colors Animal Poster
This Arabic colors animal poster showcases 11 colors written in Arabic with an animal from the Arabic alphabet animal poster playfully highlighting an item in each color.
Arabic Alphabet Animal Coloring Book
Be creative in your learning with this fun Arabic Alphabet Animal Coloring Book. Each page has a way to pronounce the name of each animal and a large image to color in. Each book includes a Arabic Alphabet Poster Parent and Teacher Guide and two full colored alphabet posters on the front and back covers.
Arabic Alphabet Game Cards
This Arabic Alphabet Game Cards set includes 28 Arabic language illustrated cards, along with 2 informational and activity cards. Each card has an animal and its letter on one side and the other side has how to pronounce the letter and word.
Arabic Alphabet Colorful Magnets
These Arabic Alphabet Colorful Magnets feature the 28 fun bright letters from the Arabic Alphabet Animal poster. They can be purchased with pronunciation for each letter or not. Each button is 1 inch wide, covered in mylar, and can be easily wiped clean.
Arab world / Muslim culture blog
A Crafty Arab blog offers tutorials, recipes, printables and book lists for parents, educators and caregivers to share with children of any ages. A Crafty Arab started blogging on October 28th, 2008 on the website Blogger. The website moved to WordPress in 2016.
Now there are over 700 free resources on the Arabic language, Arab world and Muslim culture. A Crafty Arab blog educates on holidays throughout the Middle East:
- Amazigh Yennayer New Year 2699/2016
- Happy Birthday Prophets! The Birthday of Mohammed (Mawlid) 2013, and Jesus (Christmas) 2013
- Arabic Earth Day 2015
- Happy Arab Mother’s Day 2015
- International Mother Language Day 2015
- Persian Nowrūz Festival in 2015, and Persian Nowruz Festival in 2012
- Eid Al Hada, or the Feast of Sacrifice 2014
- Egyptian Sham El Nessim 2012