Most of the kids I’ve worked with love making stuff out of cardboard. A couple of years ago we made a full scale model of AlMasjid AlHaram during a Summer Art Workshop and the kids really enjoyed it. The only downside was no one got to take their craft home, and the Musallah where I left it didn’t take care of it.
I wanted to try to make something similar but smaller, so that each kid would have their own individual piece.
This craft is fun to make and also functional. It’s designed to be used as a Sadaqa box and as it was Ramadan, we had a great discussion in class about giving charity and the generosity of the messenger sallaAllahu allahi wasallam during Ramadan. I also asked: what can you give if you don’t have money? So we talked about alternatives sadaqas, like a smile, a good word, helping someone..etc.
I printed out some blank note templates and got the kids to write sadaqa ideas on them. Then they could put one in their box instead of money, but only after they did the good dead written on the note.
-Empty tissue box.
-Coloured tissue paper
-Toilet roll- for minaret.
-Paper mache dome [small balloon, glue, newspaper strips, coloured tissue paper strips}
-Print out of windows and doors (or draw your own).
-Glue for sticking everything together.
Start by making the paper mache domes. If you can, do it the day before.
I have to finish crafts in one session so I make the domes at the beginning of the class. At the end I either let the kids take them home wet with instructions to glue them on the next day, or I give them the option to leave their masjid till the next class, when everything is dry.
To make the domes:
Blow up a small balloon, it needs to fit on top of the tissue box. So it should be roughly the size you want your dome to be.
Now you need to paste strips of newspaper on to the balloon. I placed the balloon in the top of a plastic cup weighed down, but some kids preferred to just hold the balloon in their hand while they worked. Do what works for you/your child
You need to overlap the strips of newspaper so that they completely cover the balloon. Use the glue between layers.
I did 2 layers of newspaper and 2 layers of coloured tissue paper, which make an OK dome, the more layers you have the sturdier it will be. Set this aside to dry and start on the masjid itself.
-Seal off the bottom of the box (where it was originally opened to get the tissues out) This is where you will get the money out at the end.
Then glue 2 layers of coloured tissue paper around the sides and another piece on top.
-Make the minaret with the toilet roll, by wrapping the tissue paper around it and gluing it in the same way.
-Cut out a semicircle for the top of the minaret and wrap it, then glue the top to the minaret and the minaret to the top of the Masjid.
-Make an opening at the top with a craft knife (obviously this should be done by an adult). Just cut a straight line big enough to get a coin in. Then test it using the biggest coin you have, we used a 50c coin in class as this is huge.
-Finish off the masjid with door and windows, add decorations if you like.
Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “On every person’s joints or small bones (i.e. fingers and toes), there is sadaqah (charity) every day the sun rises. Doing justice between two people is sadaqah; assisting a man to mount his animal, or lifting up his belongings onto it is sadaqah; a good word is sadaqah; every step you take towards prayer is sadaqah; and removing harmful things from pathways is sadaqah.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
كُلُّ سُلاَمَى مِنَ النَّاسِ عَلَيْهِ صَدَقَةٌ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ تَطْلُعُ فِيهِ الشَّمْسُ: تَعْدِلُ بَيْنَ اثْنَينِ صَدَقَةٌ، وَتُعِينُ الرَّجُلَ فِي دَابَّتِهِ فَتَحْمِلُهُ عَلَيْهَا أَوْ تَرْفَعُ لَهُ عَلَيْهَا مَتَاعَهُ صَدَقَةٌ، وَالْكَلِمَةُ الطَّيِّبَةُ صَدَقَةٌ، وَبِكُلِّ خَطْوَةٍ تَمْشِيهَا إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ صَدَقَةٌ، وَتُمِيطُ الأَذَى عَن الطَّرِيقِ صَدَقَةٌ رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ وَمُسْلِمٌ