Sunday, May 31, 2009

Masjid Eid Card


Miniature Ka'bah


Pop Up Kaba Eid Card


Thikr Bead


Sun Visors

Elastic (about 8 inches per child)
Colored sheets of foam (about 1 per child)
Foam letters
Sun Visor Pattern
Old Newspaper
Smocks or old clothes

Directions: Trace the sun visor pattern on the sheet of foam. Have students cut out their visors and glue a message like “I Love Allah” or “ISLAM” or “Summer Camp 2006” on the visor with the foam letters. They can also cut out scraps of foam to make things like peace signs or flowers to decorate their visor. Next, use a stapler to staple the ends of the elastic to each end of the visor.

Special Note: Talk with students about using the sun visors during the hot days of summer to keep cool.

Thumb Painting

Finger paint
Art paper
Smocks or old clothes
Construction paper


1. Put paper plates with various colors finger paint on a table. Pass out art paper. Have students only use their thumbs to make a design. (Most children painted the word “Allah” in Arabic with a fancy border. Children could also make summer theme pictures such as caterpillars and butterflies.

2. Glue picture to a piece of construction paper.

3. Trace children’s thumbs on construction paper, then have them cut out the traced thumbs and glue them to make various designs on the construction paper.

Zakat Boxes

Small cardboard gift boxes (I found them at Michael’s) Or old tissue boxes
Markers and crayons
Copies of computer clip art of money and the word ZAKAT or Foam letters

Show campers how to fold boxes. Have campers color clip art pictures of money or pictures with charitable themes. Have them cut out copies of clip art and the word ZAKAT and glue them on the box. Then help them to cut a slit at the top of their box.

Special Note: Be sure to explain the importance of Zakat. Tell students to take their boxes home to collect change from their parents. When their boxes are full, they can bring the change to the masjid to make a donation.

Bubble Art

Bubble solution,
Small cups
Various colors of food coloring
Straws with a hole near the top
Art paper
Old newspaper
Thin cardboard
Construction paper and markers

1. Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles.

2. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints.

3. Children can paint the word Allah in Arabic on top of their design.

4. Have children make frames for their art by gluing their art to a piece of a cardboard that is about two inches larger than their picture on each side. They can cut a frame out of another piece cardboard and glue it on the backing of the picture. Then they can color and decorate their frames.

Islamic Pottery

Flowerpot saucers (one per child)
Gold ceramic paint
Large and small paintbrushes
Off-white ceramic paint
Spray on Gloss
Super Glue
Hooks (one per child)
Old newspapers
Smocks or old clothes

This activity takes two days, with mostly only prep work on the first day. Children paint flowerpot saucers with an off-white paint and let it dry. The next day, they use gold paint to decorate the saucer intricate designs or calligraphy on the saucer. Then each plate is then sprayed with a pottery gloss. When the saucers are dry, the teacher glues a hook on the back with super glue.

Special Note: It is important the campers us gold paint because Islamic pottery was the first to use metallic paints on ceramics.

Quilt Squares

  • Pre Cut solid color quilt squares (one per child)
  • Puff paint (many colors)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scraps of quilting fabric (can be found in the quilting section of the craft store)
  • Pencils

Be sure to use a quilting ruler, quilting mat, and quilting cutter to cut exact squares.
Think about the size you want the quilt to be, and make sure you have enough students to make that many squares. Draw a line around the perimeter of each square with a pencil, about one inch from the edge of the fabric.

1. Demonstrate how to make a quilt square. Tell campers to make sure they do not decorate the square with anything too close to the edge of the fabric. They should stay inside the pencil lines that were pre-drawn. Pass out materials.

2. Next campers draw a design on some scrap fabric with a pencil and cut it out. Then they glue the design on the quilt square with fabric glue. They may want to cut out many pieces of fabric to make a more interesting design. Common designs have been mosques, Qurans, pictures of children playing, etc. You can also get fabric with pictures already on it and just have kids cut the pictures out of the fabric.

3. Next, campers edge each piece of fabric that is glued on with puff paint with a color that is similar to the color of fabric used. Be sure that students do not leave any edges of glued on fabric with out puff paint to hide the fringes of the fabric. (This is important to prevent fraying). Have students practice using puff paint before putting it on the fabric because it tends to come out too fast or too slow and make a big mess the first time you try it. Messages such as "Ramadan 2011" or “Islam” can be written with puff paint. (Discourage cutting small things like letters from scrap fabric. Encourage campers to use the puff paint for thin lines such as those used to write words.) Make sure each camper signs their own square with puff paint.

4. Let squares dry over night. Collect them and use a simple fabric to make a border for each quilt square. Sew the squares with the borders together and put a batting and backing on the quilt. Topstitch the whole quilt with some invisible (clear) thread).

Ramadan Moon

Moon Phases

  • Paper plates (two per child)
  • Moon Phases worksheet (one per child)
  • Yellow crayons
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brads (one per child).

1. Color each moon phase yellow. Be sure to tell campers not to color the new moon.
Cut out each moon phase.

2. Cut a circle of black construction paper about the size of a paper plate. Glue it onto one of the paper plates.

3. Draw a large square about 2 inches x 2 inches near the edge of the plate. Cut out the square to make a window.

4. On the black plate, glue each phase of the moon. The full moon should go at 12 o’clock, the quarter moons should go at 3 and 9 o’clock, the crescent moons should go at about 5 and 7 o’clock, and the waxing and waning moons should go at about 1 and 11 o’clock. Make sure that the moons appear in the window when you place the other plate on top of the black one.

5. Place a brad in the middle of the two plates to bind them together, but allow one to turn on the other one.

6. Older children can cut an additional circle to put on top of the top plate. They write the names of the phases on this circle and turn that circle to match each phase of the moon.

Special Note: The Muslim calendar follows the lunar phases of the moon. This is why it is important for all Muslims to learn about the phases of the moon.

Adab Lapbook

Mini Book
Manners of conversation
Adab of Islam
Imam Bukhari