Cardboard Home Telescope {Tutorial} plus Sadiq and the Desert Star {Book Review}

This recycled cardboard home telescope began it’s life as two paper towel rolls. We added some reading glasses and paint to make a homemade telescope just like the one Sadiq, the protagonist from Sadiq and the Desert Star, used to help him look for stars.

Sadiq and the Desert Star is a new book by Somali American Siman Nuurali and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar. It was published by Capstone and they recently sent me an advanced copy to enjoy.

My daughter read the story, and had lots of questions about Berbera, Somalia, where Sadiq was from. We learned it is a coastal city and was the most important place of trade in the entire Horn of Africa. Sadiq’s grandfather used the desert star to guide his caravan trips through the Sahara Desert.

After we spent some time learning about Berbera, my daughter gathered supplies to start her telescope right away. She wanted to see if she could really see Mars, just like Sadiq and his friends at the observatory.

Supplies

The first step my daughter took in making her own telescope is to cut one of the paper rolls lengthwise.

She took the cut paper roll and placed it inside the other tube.

Next, I helped my daughter pop out the glasses from their frame and she taped one to the end of the cut paper roll. She made sure to place the curved side facing the tube.

Once that end was secure, she did the same to the other end, but this time she made sure the curved side of the glass faced away from the cardboard.

Next we painted the tube with cardboard paint. You can use any paint you want, but we thought it might be fun to use chalkboard paint so that we could use chalk on the tube to write down what we saw.


We had a bit of a problem trying to paint over the tape that attach the glasses. I think when we make more telescopes for our upcoming space club, we will have everyone paint their tubes before taping on the glasses.

Now our telescope was ready. We wanted to take a photo in the daytime to show you what it looks like, but please never, ever use your telescope to look at the sun. This is dangerous and could really hurt your eyesight.

While she did love this book overall, she was confused as to why Sadiq’s mother and sister were wearing the hijab in the kitchen. Her own grandmother and aunt, who wear the hijab everyday, always take it off when they come home.

My daughter did love the facts about Somalia that was included, as well as the new Somali terms she got to practice. For example, in Somali, a grandfather is awoowe, but in Libyan we use jidu. I also loved the glossary in the back for the astronomy terms, plus the sections that encouraged kids to talk about and write down their thoughts about the book.

There are more Sadizq books coming out and my daughter can’t wait to read them:

To check out our other reviews of books, with craft tutorials, visit

Pakistan Straw Topper Flag {Tutorial} Plus Meet Yasmin {Book Review}

Persian Paisley Painting {Tutorial} plus Naji and the Mystery of the Dig {Book Review}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see hundreds of books lists and tutorials that teach about the Arab world and Muslim culture.

Kaaba Painted Bookbag {Tutorial}

Eid Al Adha will occur on August 10 , 2019 and this Kaaba inspired bookbag is the perfect gift to give anyone celebrating.

{This blog post is part of a Hajj for Kids blog hop being organized by Multicultural Kid Blogs, so be sure to visit the other blogs, listed at the end of this tutorial, for other educational posts about this special holiday.}

Eid Al Adha is a festival celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him) to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son. Ibrahim (Arabic: إبراهيم) is known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish religious traditions.

In the lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which means The Month of the Pilgrimage, when Eid Al Adha occurs, Muslims often make an extra effort to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj (Arabic for pilgrimage) around the Kaaba. Partaking in this trip is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The Kaaba holds Islam’s most important mosque, The Great Mosque of Mecca (Arabic: أَلمَسْجِد أَلحَرَام‎, The Sacred Mosque). Muslims around the world pray towards it’s direction five times a day.

My youngest daughter and I used the Kaaba as inspiration for this book bag to give to a friend who often makes this an annual trip, saving up all year for this unique event. We used fabric paint and a paintbrush that I received as a Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

The first step in getting our bag started was to tape off a straight line across the top and a door. The door on the Kaaba is actually on the side, but we didn’t want ours to look exactly like the real thing, so we placed ours in the middle.

My daughter ran her fingertips along the tape edges to make sure it was very secure before she started painting inside the blue tape lines. If you don’t do this, the tape might be a little loose & paint can slip under.

My daughter added a few more layers of paint and let it dry overnight. She then gently removed the tape.

Now her bookbag is ready to give as a gift. Or maybe we’ll keep this one since it’s so cute & make another? It was so easy and took no time at all.

Please be sure to visit other Kaaba inspired craft tutorials to make with kids while talking about this holiday:

Kaaba Candy Party Treat {Tutorial}

Kaaba Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

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

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Hajj for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs Welcome to our second Hajj for Kids blog hop! Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the Muslim calendar, and that all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime. This blog hop is intended to share ideas to teach children about this special time. Be sure to check out our last Hajj for Kids series, plus you can find more resources on our Hajj for Kids Pinterest board:
 

Participating Blogs

Alizeh My Soul on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Facts About Eid ul-Adha and Hajj

A Crafty Arab: Kaaba Painted Bookbag Tutorial

The Multilingual Home: Hajj Inspired Art Projects

Jeddah Mom: Let’s Go for Hajj Activity Pack for Children

Recycled Cardboard Oud {Tutorial}

My husband made play ouds as part of our Ramadan crafts, out of recycled cardboard because I was only able to bring one oud for our 3 girls from Morocco.

The oud (Arabic: عود‎) is a short-neck pear-shaped stringed instrument with 11 or 13 strings grouped in 5 or 6 courses. It is used predominantly in Western Asia/North Africa and very similar to modern lutes.

I walked by an oud stand at the Rabat souk, every day on my way to teach art and English at a local school. Honestly, I wanted to buy a large oud, but had no way to bring it on the airplane.

I settled on a smaller decorative oud, but when I got home, I could only give it to one of my daughters to hang in her room.

My husband went online and found instructions one how to make a cardboard play guitar and adjusted them for the oud. He made two of them, with different colored “strings” or rubber bands. He then presented them to our other daughters as Eid gifts today. My youngest daughter, who had received the decorative oud, helped him with the hot glue gun since he had never used one before.

Below are the steps he took to make these cardboard play ouds, in case you’d like to try your own.

Supplies

  • Large rubber bands
  • Pencil
  • Drill & bit that is the same size as the rubber bands
  • Two small dowels
  • Two paper clips
  • Hot glue gun
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Glass (or other small round object for center hole)
  • Decorative oud to trace

To make his cardboard oud, my husband started by tracing out the miniature oud on the cardboard and cutting out three shapes. Also make sure to cut out the circles in the center. My husband used a drinking glass from the kitchen to trace out small circle hole.

To make the back of the oud round, he also cut out four more shapes, without the neck, in descending sizes.

My daughter used the hot glue gun to attach two of the larger pieces together and then she set them aside to cool.

So that the bridge is not too high on the cardboard, my husband used the Xacto to cut out a notch the length of the red dowel. Directly below that cut, he made markings for the “stings” to go through.

He made sure to do the same thing to hold the bridge at the neck of the cardboard oud.

Next my daughter used the hot glue gun to attach the two red dowels. She pushed them each gently into the cut out notches, but not too far. Her father then used the drill to make four small holes that are big enough to fit the rubber bands.

Since the rubber bands will be pulling on the oud neck, my husband used the xacto to create four notches for them to fit into. This will help the “strings” stay in place.

Next we used the tip of the pencil to push the end of the rubber bands into the holes.

Once the rubber bands were through, we used a paper clip to secure them to the back side.

We used the hot glue on to hold down the paper clip, trying to be careful not to get any on the rubber bands since they could melt. We also added the other larger cardobard layers of the oud to hide the paper clips.

Make sure to hold down the cardboard while gluing to help give the oud more durablity while being handled by children.

Once the glue had dried, my husband turned the oud over to hot glue the smaller pieces to give the back a domed look.

Our play oud was done and ready to be enjoyed. Maybe we’ll make a few more and paint them this time.

Be sure to check out these other fun toys we have made in the past.

Recycled Cardboard Mosque {Tutorial}

Eid Rattle Drum {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials