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Hari Raya Haji, or Eid ul Adha, is just around the corner and our Muslim friends and family are busy preparing for this Festival of Sacrifice. If you need some fun ideas to keep your children occupied over the weekend, here is a list of 6 Hari Raya Haji cute and crafty ideas!
YOU WILL NEED:
4 cups of plain flour
1 of cup salt
1 teaspoon of powdered alum (optional)
1.5 cups water
WHAT TO DO:
Turn on your oven to about 250 degrees F or 120 degrees C, then mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and your kids can form their own clay sheep, using toothpicks to add details.
Bake the clay sheep on an ungreased baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn them so they are evenly baked for another 90 minutes, or until they are hard and dry (be careful not to let them burn!).
Once they have cooled, you can smooth them with fine sandpaper before letting your children paint and varnish. You will then have adorable little clay sheep to use as decoration around your house for your family to admire when they come over!
WHAT TO DO:
Draw a large spiral on a piece of coloured paper (like a snail shell) and cut it out along the lines, then slowly wind the paper around a pencil.
Carefully slip the pencil out and glue the base of the flower to stop it from uncurling. Once the glue dries, you can glue the paper flower onto a satay stick as the stem and place your beautiful bouquet into a vase to make an impressive table centrepiece during this festive season.
YOU WILL NEED:
Different coloured paper
Piece of cardboard paper
Tear or cut up different coloured bits of paper into small pieces, then draw an outline of a cow on the cardboard paper.
Stick the coloured bits of paper onto the cardboard, forming a lovely mosaic picture which you can hang up to brighten up your home!
Assortment of beads (different colours, shapes and sizes)
Coloured wool or thick string
Measure and cut some pieces of wool or thick string to the desired length to fit as your child’s necklace or bracelet.
Not only does this help them improve their fine motor skills, but they now have pretty necklaces and bracelets to accessorize with their traditional wear.
Fabric scraps or felt
Using the cork as the cow’s body, your kids can get creative and add more features such as the legs made of matchsticks or toothpicks. They can also draw on the facial features, decorate the rest of the animal with bits of ribbon, and cut out shapes from felt or cloth for the ears and other body parts.
Let their creativity flow and have fun with the cutesy little cork cows once they have finished.
Half cup of granulated white or brown sugar
Shaped ice cube tray or candy mould
Pour the sugar into a bowl and with the teaspoon, add in small amounts of water at a time and keep mixing until it feels like damp sand (don’t let the sugar melt completely!). Fill up the shaped ice-cube trays or candy moulds halfway up with this sugar-water-paste and press down to pack it in tightly.
Let it dry (preferably overnight) before carefully flipping the tray over to get your delightful shaped sugar cubes to add some colour and life to your hot beverages while you enjoy all the delicious kueh muehs.
Dew is a teacher, theatre practitioner and playwright who is raising her daughter to know that anything boys can do, girls can do better!
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