These magnificent Morocco crafts for kids are perfect for learning about this amazing country’s rich culture! Perfect for all ages, from tots to teens!
You’ve probably heard of Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, the medieval traveler who journeyed across several countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Now, if someone who traveled so extensively were to call a place “the best of countries”, you know he’s talking about someplace special. Yes, Ibn Baṭṭūṭah was talking about Morocco!
He was so impressed by the bounty in Morocco, saying that “in it fruits are plentiful, and running water and nourishing food are never exhausted.” While that’s true, there is so much more to Morocco. Today, Morocco is known as a place with a rich cultural and artistic heritage, so much so that we can now identify items as having distinct ‘Moroccan’ patterns!
The Kingdom of Morocco (as it’s officially known) is a constitutional monarchy and has a king. Yet, it is an independent country, gaining independence from the French fairly recently, and this is the month of its Independence Day – on 18th November!
This calls for a celebration, doesn’t it? That’s why we’ve drawn up a list of magnificent Morocco crafts for kids to make as they learn more about this amazing country. There are many simple crafts and printables for younger kids, as well as more elaborate projects for older ones. Let’s get right into it!
15 Magnificent Morocco Crafts for Kids
You’ll find that Moroccans love blue, and it’s quite dominant in their various artworks. In fact, there is even a blue city in Morocco – called Chefchaouen. Also known as the Blue Pearl of Morocco, most of the city is completely painted in blue, and it is a photographer’s delight! Enjoy some blue art yourself with this simple project from Crayola.
2. Morocco Mini Fact Book for Kids
We’ve drawn up this list of Morocco crafts for kids to be not just fun, but educational too! Join in the enthusiasm of the Moroccan people, with a Morocco Mini Country Fact Book that compliments some gorgeous Mosque crafts listed on the Blog. THIS PDF IS INCLUDED IN THE NOVEMBER BUNDLE
Morocco is a land with diverse terrains. There are mountain ranges, a part of the Sahara desert, as well as long coastlines along the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans. This means that the country has rich and diverse flora and fauna. Common animals include gazelles, wild sheep called mouflons as well as fennec foxes. Maroc Mama brings us a cute little mosaic craft based on the fennec fox!
Moroccan people are a mix of Arabs, the indigenous Amazigh as well as French and Spanish immigrants. This makes their music quite interesting, as it has been influenced by all these cultures. Moroccans use many traditional instruments like the flute, zither, shawm, gimbri, and darbukka. The darbukka is a terra cotta drum, and you can create your own version with this craft from A Crafty Arab!
Nothing like a gorgeous picture book to introduce young kids to a different culture, and when it comes to Morocco, this book by Evan Turk does the job well! This book tells the tale of the storyteller, who tells stories about the great country. The pictures are beautiful and complement the story excellently.
You can’t talk about Moroccan crafts for kids without mentioning Moroccan lamps, which are well-known around the globe. They have a distinct pattern, made from wrought iron and stained glass. They are often hung on doorways during festivals or celebrations. Now you can make your own stained glass lantern, thanks to this project from Education!
One of the most famous cities of Morocco is probably Casablanca, made popular through the movie of the same name. Contrary to what most people think though, it is not the capital – Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. What’s more, Casablanca wasn’t even shot in Morocco – it was filmed in a studio in Los Angeles! Just goes on to show that you can bring home a little bit of Morocco even if you haven’t gone there, with some pretty Moroccan wall art from Delicious and DIY!
The Khamsa is a popular symbol in Moroccan culture, and it is meant to ward off the evil eye. Khamsa translates to ‘five’ in Arabic, indicating the five fingers of the hand. Five is also a significant number in Islam, Morocco’s state religion, indicating the five daily prayers and five pillars. Make your own Khamsa with this tutorial from Kid World Citizen.
Morocco has recently become a popular tourist hub, thanks to its many beaches, mountains, and lovely landscapes. Tourists are also drawn to the country’s rich culture and heritage, which makes the place worth visiting! Enjoy some of the cultural icons of Morocco with this list of Morocco crafts for kids, including these coloring pages from Maroc Mama.
Along with beaches and mountains, Morocco also has some gorgeous valleys, and one of them is the M’Goun Valley. This valley is also called the Valley of Roses, since it is where the fragrant Damask rose grows. They even have a rose festival, where a Rose Queen is crowned! If you manage to find some beautiful roses yourself, put them into a glass jar decorated in Moroccan styles, like these ones at Creme de la Craft!
Moroccan women love their jewelry, and you’ll often find brides wearing elaborate pieces on their necks, heads, and hands as well as around their waists. Antique Moroccan jewelry is generally made with silver, gold, and precious stones and can be quite expensive. However, you can make your own cost-effective version, like these necklaces from Camille Styles!
Since we’re celebrating Moroccan Independence Day, we have to include a flag in this list of Morocco crafts for kids, and this flag plate from A Crafty Arab is a good choice! Besides Independence Day, Morocco also celebrates Eid, New Year, and the ascension of the king.
The Moroccan flag is easy to identify – it has a red background with a green star in the middle. The green star has five branches and represents the seal of Solomon. The branches indicate the five pillars of Islam, while the red is supposed to represent the blood of the ancestors, symbolizing bravery and strength. Have fun coloring in this printable Moroccan flag from Crayola.
Did you know that the world’s oldest university is in Morocco? Yes, it is the University of al-Qarawinyyin, founded in 859 CE in the city of Fez. Now that should inspire us to educate ourselves more, and this lap book about Morocco from Homeschool Share is a good starting point!
Home Talk brings us a pretty decoupage project to create Moroccan theme dessert plates. Moroccan cuisine is incredibly diverse and is one of the most loved cuisines in the world today. The most popular dishes are tagine and couscous, which is cooked every Friday.
This list of Morocco crafts for kids is just a small window into the immensely rich culture of the country. Morocco is diverse and colorful – you can’t walk through a souk without seeing every corner bursting with color! You’ll find that the art and architecture is heavily inspired from Islamic art, as well as Andalusian culture. Although the country has had its struggles in the past, it is rapidly developing, with industries like tourism booming. So the next time you want to plan a trip to somewhere unique, you know where to head to!