To help children become attached to the mosque, its great to take them to pray in the mosque when possible. But when you’re at home why not try some of these mosque crafts to create your own little masjid! I’m featuring 13 different creative ideas from here at In The Playroom and other bloggers. These ideas are all so fun and a great way to help strengthen your little ones identity as a Muslim – perfect for Ramadan, or all year round. It’s also a fun way to introduce children to the mosque, and the Islamic faith whether they are Muslim or not.
Here are some of the fun ways to make a mosque craft. Click the link below each picture to get the full instructions for each one.
Using new tools can always make painting more fun and exciting. Potato mashers are a great one for making prints, especially if you have one with a nice sturdy handle like the OXO good grips masher. I set this out as a creative activity for the boys in the garden.
All you need for potato masher painting is
Paper or card (we used coloured paper)
Paint (I would recommend using washable paint)
Potato masher such as Oxo Good Grips potato masher
The potato masher makes great patterned prints on paper and is a great process art activity. Whatever the finished result, it will have a pretty cool effect so the children can concentrate more on the experience and process or exploring the paint with this tool rather than worrying about making their work look like something specific. We normally tend to lean more towards process art than doing very specific crafts. (You can read about why process art is important for kids in this great article from Mum in the Madhouse)
The boys noticed that when they mashed the masher into the paint that it creates bubbles in the paint tray which is quite a cool effect, and sometimes bubbles come through onto the pictures too.
Bubbly paint mashing is lots of fun! Look at Mr R’s concentration!
By the end of the activity most of the colours were all mixed together and we ended up with a lot of green!
This is a really simple and quick activity with very minimal set up. The results look pretty effective by using the potato masher as kids can easily create their own patterns.
We cut down one of the pictures for size and framed it for Fathers Day. It will make a very sweet hand made gift, because lots of love and lots of fun has gone into it!
*Paints and masher provided by OXO. Frame provided by Asda
Lantern Crafts are one of the prettiest types of craft around if you ask me. From mason jars to paper lanterns, I’ve collected a few of my favourites here. Any of these would work really well as a Ramadan craft activity for kids.
Click through the link below each picture to go through to the original blogs and get the instructions for each lantern.
Here’s a simple Fathers Day card idea which is made more special because even the stampers used are home made!
We collected a couple of spare milk and juice carton lids and washed them, then these are great to use as a base for home made stampers.
We used Bostik Blu Tack self adhesive double sided sticky to attach foam shapes to the lids and we instantly had our stampers to use. It really couldn’t be easier! We have so many foam shapes in our craft box but we decided to keep it simple with hand and feet stampers, so that we could walk the letters over the page
The stampers are so easy and cheap to make though, that you could do loads and let the kids make lots of different creative stamper pictures with them too.
We painted directly onto each stamper rather than dipping them into the paint, as this gives a neater finish. Since the stampers are quite small I wanted the shapes to still be clearly defined on the card.
We chose some bright and sunny colours, but the possibilities for colours and designs for these home made stamper cards is really endless!
The result is a simple yet effective card, which is 100% home made and can be done even by a pretty young child. I’m sure that any dad would love it! Here’s the effect of ours close up. I think the hand stampers came out more defined than the feet, but they both work well together.
I’m sure we will be experimenting with lots more stamper designs too as it was so easy and fun to do!
We are part of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network
Mr T and I wanted to do a simple and easy summer craft. All of my boys enjoy cutting and sticking so we decided to cut up some summer and beach themed pictures from a spare catalogue and use these to make a summer collage. Mr T decided to make his collage into a flag, because he really likes flags!
A lot of the Spring Summer clothing catalogues have done their photoshoots on the beach, or you can use a suitable magazine or even old book pages if you have something that has been damaged and is no longer needed.
We cut out lots of different seaside themed pictures. Cutting is a great fine motor skills exercise for little ones. Then Mr T selected a blue paper for his background. That’s his favourite colour which luckily matches very nicely with the sea theme. We used Bostik Blu Stick. The great thing about this glue is that it goes on blue so it is very visible for your child to see exactly where they have applied glue and where they need to add a little more.
Mr T loved this simple activity of cutting and sticking, it’s something he can do independently with me just watching and chatting to him about the pictures so he felt very proud of his collage flag which was all his own work.
Look at him concentrating! These simple activities are great to help build concentration and as this is a quick craft it’s suitable for kids like Mr T who don’t have the longest attention span. He stayed happily with the activity until he had covered the full page.
He then wanted to make his collage into a flag so we taped a pipe cleaner to the back of the page to make the mast part of the flag. You can get proper flag sticks, but we just improvised with what was to hand!
The whole craft is very easy, mess free and Mr T completed this in about 20 minutes. He was very happy with his summer flag!
We are happy to be a part of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on the boys Arabic at home. They are still at a beginner level so activities focusing on the alphabet are ideal for them. Like most children, working with different materials always helps to grab my boys interests and keep them engaged with what they are learning so I decided to use some packs of craft candles to create Arabic alphabet candles with the boys.
These are the materials we used: (click through the links to go to the product pages on Baker Ross)
Egg Shaped candles from Baker Ross – The shape of these is perfect as they are quite wide, and even wider at the bottom so they are pretty stable for kids to work with and they stand up well
PicTixx Candles Pens – It’s the first time we tried these. They are so easy to use, even for young children. It’s a great tool to have!
In each pack of candle eggs you get 30 (3 boxes of 10) so that is plenty to make the alphabet, either in Arabic or English whichever you feel would be better for your kids! We did do a couple of English ones too and Mr Z decided to do lower case on one side and upper case on the other side. Of course with Arabic we could not do that as there is no lower and upper case.
All the boys enjoyed using the candle pens for this Arabic alphabet craft as it’s a different medium. It was something new and exciting to them. It was fine even for Mr R, but I would advise you to definitely give them full supervision throughout the activity especially for younger kids.
With 5 pens and lots of candles in the pack there is plenty to go around so this can be done by all the children together, without anyone needing to wait around for the candle pens.
The wax from the candle pens will take a little while to dry, so be aware that if little ones start playing around with them too much before that they may smudge. Once we had created the letters and allowed them to dry, the boys enjoyed looking at each one and then moving them around to make some simple words or create their names. For the younger boys they can’t make any words yet but it’s a great opportunity to familiarise them with the letter shapes, letter sounds and the letter names.
Later on, we took some candles to spell out “noor” (light) and lit those ones. We will light some more words up too. Obviously that’s not a job for the kids as they are too young. They used them more like building blocks to make up words, playing with them unlit.
They really enjoyed the activity and it helped them focus on learning their letters, whereas they don’t always show so much enthusiasm just with a paper and pen.
I’m happy to introduce another featured blog this week: Mama Smiles. Maryanne blogs about Joyful Parenting – Creativity, Learning and Play! I love Mama Smiles and there are some brilliant parenting posts there that you should check out later, but for now I am going to share with you 10 great cardboard craft ideas. We love junk modelling and creating with cardboard!
Click through each of the links below to go through to Mama Smiles and check out the full post for each activity.
My boys love to get creative and express themselves with pens, paints and whatever creative materials they can get their hands on! But I have to admit I hadn’t really introduced them to any of the famous artists yet. When Galt challenged us to recreate our own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night this was a perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to one of the Old Masters for the first time.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night was painted in 1889, oil paint on canvas and is one of the most recognised paintings in the world. We were sent outline drawings of the painting and a sponge painting kit to have a go at our own version.
Just in case you need a refresher of the original version, here it is:
We set out our empty templates and supplies and talked about the colours and whether Mr Z wanted to keep his painting the same as the original or do his own version.
We used just four colours of paint, so this gave us an opportunity to think about what colours we would need to mix to create other shades that we needed for our paintings. Mr Z also thought carefully about what tool would be best. He decided that the roller would be best for the night sky background and then we could add details on top with the sponge shapes.
I’m happy for the kids to use their imagination and creativity in art projects, and feel that the activity is more about the process than the finished project so of course I was not going to insist that he followed the original painting to the letter.
As a modern child, seeing the town scene at the bottom of the painting Mr Z felt that it’s only right to have a few cars down there for the town traffic!
Exploring art from the past gives a good opportunity to talk about life – what has stayed the same and what changes have come and gone. It’s hard for kids to imagine that in those days there would not have been all of these modern cars filling the streets like we see nowadays! But it’s also interesting to think of how many things do stay the same – like the stars and the night sky which cover us, and everyone in the world. Whether born now or 1000 years ago, or wherever you are in the world we are all under the same stars. Maybe that’s part of the appeal of Starry Night. As Van Gogh once said “Looking at the stars always makes me dream” (the rest of the quote is actually about death.. so maybe best not to share the whole thing with the kids!)
In the original painting, the space at the front is a dark green tree but with the outline on the template Mr Z thought it looked a lot like a flame so he has made it into a fire, burning yellow and red to match the stars.
He used yellow paint underneath and then circle sponges with red paint to give more details to his flame.
We printed out several copies so that we could experiment and make a few different versions, which allowed him to enjoy the activity for longer. We made about 4 in the end before Mr Z moved on to making his own sponge paint creations on plain paper. Here’s another one:
If you would like to do this activity here are is the template:
I have started a new feature here on In The Playroom where each week I’ll be featuring a blogger and showcasing some of their great posts for you to check out. I have an amazing blog for you this first week – Kid World Citizen. Kid World Citizen is run by a mum of 4 Becky Morales who is raising a multicultural family and sharing ‘activities that make young minds go global‘
I love the message behind the Kid World Citizen blog. We are also a mixed family and learning about other cultures and other countries is something I always want to encourage my kids to do. Not only is it important for them to open their minds to understand and experience things from around the world, it’s also lots of fun!
I’ve selected 10 crafts from around the world to share with you today from Kid World Citizen.
Click through each of the links below to go through to Kid World Citizen and check out the full post for each activity.
Bonus! I love this video that Kid World Citizen created on what it means to be a global citizen, and teaching kids that we are all connected so I’m sharing this with you too. I’m sure you’ll agree that if the next generation can grow up believing and following this message then the world would be a better place.
I hope you enjoyed these multicultural crafts and activities! Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments
For more ideas follow Kid World Citizen on Pinterest
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