I believe in eternal innocence, there is no such thing as 'old age' that forbids a wrinkly fuddy-duddy from singing nasheeds for Ramadan, or neglect decorating a 'good deed' tree.
Every Ramadan, my brother, sisters and I, have made a tradition out of hanging decorations, an Arab Eid-mas palm tree and candle-lit lanterns to pave the garden paths.
There are many mosque templates available in children's books and online but my family and I like to use this adaptable one. It can be used as a backdrop to an Eid diplay, used as a nightlight with battery powered candles or hung high like lanterns.
All you need is a computer connected to a printer, coloured A4 paper or card, glue/stapler, and an assortment of sweet wrappers (think Quality Street) and tissue paper. Oh, and lots of glitter.
Oh, and sweets. Lots of sweets. For the children, clearly.
How To Make A Mosque-Lantern
- Ask a responsible child for help and allow adults to bring snacks
- Right-click the mosque image above and save. Or download and print the template for the mosque-lantern. For larger models photocopy the template and scale to 200%, A4 to A3.
- Cut out the whole mosque then fold each wall line to create a box without a base.
- Cut along the dotted lines for windows and doors
- Flip the mosque template so all printed lines face inwards, on the back. Use whatever shiny material you can - tissue paper, foil or sweet wrappers - and glue behind the template (on the inside) to make the architectural structure colourful
- Cut out a strip of card about 2x10cm from the leftover card and glue or staple to both the domes.
- Hang the lantern without obstructing any lights and avoid fire hazards. Alternatively, and this is purely preferential, add a card base to the lantern and fill with sweets to hand out at Iftaar time.
My sweet little demonstrator made two mosque-lanterns, "one for me and um, one for my baby brother!"
The link again to the Ramadan Mosque-Lantern project.
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