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.
You will need
- A4 sheet of paper
- Blue, yellow and gold paint
- Yarn (40cm long)
- Scissors (to cut the coloured materials – Grown ups, you may need to help with this!)
- Pencil (to outline star and moon shapes)
- Paint brush or small piece of cardboard (for scraping)
- Small branch or piece of wire (to hang the mobile from)
On the piece of A4 construction paper, draw out one moon in a crescent shape and 3 stars.
Dab a small blob of each colour of paint at the top of each shape, so the colours are next to each other on the outside of each shape. Using the scraper board, put one end on the paper and scrape the paint over the star shape on the paper. If you are using a paint brush, use a stroke movement to paint across the star shape. Repeat this for each star and the moon. Once these are all painted, place on a flat surface and let the paint dry completely.
While the pain is drying, cut a piece of yarn, or string roughly 40 cm long. This will be used to hang the stars and moon on. Attach the yarn to the branch, by wrapping around 2-3 times and tying a knot to secure it.
Once the paint has dried, using scissors, cut out each shape. One the shapes are cut out, tape them to the yarn, and space out as you like. (Tape the backside of the shapes)
Your Ramadan stars and moon mobile is now complete!