Create a beautiful crescent moon and stars mobile with this free printable. It’s the perfect Ramadan craft or as an art project if you’re learning about space.
Crescent moon and stars mobile Ramadan craft
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A crescent moon is a special symbol in Islamic art. As the Muslim year follows a lunar (moon) calendar, the sighting of the crescent moon marks the beginning of a new month.
This is especially significant at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when the sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of the fasting period and the start of the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr.
This easy crescent moon and stars craft is a beautiful Ramadan craft to make with children. I’ve made a free printable template that you can use to create your mobile.
We created our moon mobile using a scrape painting technique, but you might also like to:
:: use coloured pencils and pens
:: finger paint the stars and moon – making a lovely Ramadan craft for babies and toddlers
:: use watercolour paints
:: try shaving foam marbling
How to do scrape painting
If you would like to use a scrape painting technique to colour your moon and stars, place dots of paint by the side of each shape on the printable.
We used traditional Islamic colours of shades of blue, and yellow.
A metallic gold paint gives a shimmery element.
Use a thick piece of card to scrape the paint across the shape.
Hold the card flat against the surface of the printable and pull it across, dragging the paint along.
Wipe off any excess paint from the small piece of card, and repeat the scraping as much as needed to fill each shape.
Once the paint has dried, cut out each star and the crescent moon.
Fasten each star and the moon to a string or ribbon, using glue or sticky tape, and hang up your mobile.
You might like to repeat the process with a second copy of the printable to make a front and a back for each star and moon, so that your design is visible on both sides, as the mobile turns.
What’s in this Ramadan Thematic Unit?
Download the Play Academy’s ready-made Ramadan thematic unit and you’ll be ready to lead a fun and creative set of lesson plans to teach your children about Ramadan. Our Ramadan Unit is part of the Play Academy’s Festivals curriculum pathway and in it your children can:
:: learn about Ramadan: what it is and how it is observed
:: make Arabic-inspired paper lanterns
:: play card games using Ramadan-themed playing cards
:: create geometric Islamic art
:: make a crescent moon and stars craft
Bonus Ramadan thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Ramadan unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: Islamic art grid for the math and art project
:: Lantern template
:: Mobile template
:: Ramadan cards for vocabulary building
:: Ramadan placemat for an iftar meal
How to download this Ramadan thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
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