I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we had 22 enrolled this year and that we had two classrooms of kids who wanted to learn the Arabic language. I had the same budget to cover supplies for all 22 children, instead of the five children we had last year. So I keep choose paper crafts to remain inexpensive.
Then I was told that due to the overwhelming success of the cross cultural exchange with the Chinese classes last year, the teachers have asked that I return for another Arabic lesson in their classroom also. I was excited at the prospect of teaching the children in the Chinese language about Arabic art, however, my joy turned to panic to find a craft I can teach an additional 50+ children, that would last for half an hour divided over three classrooms. Again I turned to paper crafts.
On my first day in the Arabic lanague classrooms, we talked about Eid and made lanterns with vellum inserts. They were basically miniature version of the Eid lanterns we made last year here. I was so impressed with what the children created and have included photos of these lanterns.
This camp is turning into one of my favorite events for teaching Arabic art for kids in the Seattle area. I really hope they ask me to teach it again in 2014.
Oops, I almost forgot the craft the little ones made on the first day. Some of them had a hard time with the lanterns, and they created these beautiful Eid stars to hang from the ceiling of the classroom.