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8 Ways To Get Your Kids Excited About Ramadan

April 06, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

Ramadan is oh so close and it's a great time to enjoy family traditions. Get your little ones excited about the beauty of The Holy Month with these at-home crafts that will help introduce them to Ramadan's age-old customs. You and your kids can build and color your very own lanterns, color in prayer mats, decorate and use a gratitude jar, read Ramadan-themed stories together, track your days fasted, learn interesting facts about the Hijri calendar, enjoy endless themed crafts, and much much more!


1. Nawwar Fannous by Nebny
 

Get in the Ramadan Spirit and light up your Ramadan gatherings with Nebny's نـــــــــوُّر lantern (Nawwar) - a fanous created by you and your little ones! The lantern is a limited edition color-in toy for children, which comes as 12 pieces of 3-layer 100% recyclable cardboard with a layer of white paper. All you need is a pack of colors and an open mind to build and color your very own lantern! It comes in a very compact cardboard box with an instruction manual for everything you need to to build it. It also comes with an electronic candle so you can light it up. Join in on the fun with your little ones and start decorating your homes for The Holy Month. 

Dimensions: 100x35 cm 
PRICES 
Nawwar Lantern: EGP 300 
Delivery: EGP 50 

ORDER HERE 

2. Ramadan & Eid Fun Box

Get your kiddos excited and crafting throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. They'll make their very own lanterns, have a good deeds jar, get the chance to put up some cool Ramadan decorations and much much more. The kit also includes Eid craft activities that your little ones will love just as much. 

The box includes: 
1. Wooden lantern (DIY) 
2. 2 Ramadan Decorations 
3. Ramadan Countdown 
4. Ramadan Cement Lantern 
5. Ramadan Bookmark 
6. Ramadan Tracker 
7. Good Deeds Jar Activity 
8. Eid Activity 
9. Eid Lancashire cookies 
10. Lantern Key Chain 
11. Ramadan story book 

PRICES 
Ramadan & Eid Box : EGP 300 
Delivery (Cairo + Giza): EGP 20 

ORDER HERE 

3. Sajda- Color Your Prayer Mats

Encourage your little ones to pray by coloring in and customizing their very own prayer mats. Not only are Arze's waterproof nylon prayer mats a super fun activity, but they're also perfect to take with you on the go. (Dimensions 60*105 cm) 

PRICES 
Prayer Mat : EGP 100 
Delivery: EGP 40 

ORDER HERE 

4. Customized Prayer Times For Kids

Excite your little ones about prayer with this customized prayer-time plaque. The transparent board with Ramadan decorations will remind your kiddos of each "fard" (فرض) and how many "rak3at" (ركعات) belong to each, as well its corresponding "sonna prayer" ( عدد ركعات السنة) . To make it more exciting, each board can be customized with your child's name to make it more personal. 

PRICES 
15cm x 20cm : EGP 175 
20cm x 30cm: EGP 250 
Delivery: EGP 50 

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5. The Ramadan Books-a-Craft Box

Bookly Ever After's Ramadan Books-a-Craft Box is everything your little one needs for Ramadan, all gathered into one box. The kit includes family reading activities, games and crafts galore. 
The Box Contains: 
• Ramadan Book 
• Musical Wooden Lantern 
• 3 Crafts Packs: 
- Lantern decoration, painting, threading, sticking and weaving. 
- Lantern Mosaic Craft 
- Colorful Sand Bottle Craft 
• Ramadan Cognitive Cards 
• Balloons, brushes, glue and paint all included 

Suitable ages: 3-8 years old 

PRICES 
The Ramadan Books-a-Craft Box: EGP 300 
Delivery: EGP 50 

ORDER HERE 

6. Ramadan “Pray and Play” Kit

Teach your little ones all about Ramadan through play with this hands-on kit. While playing, coloring, drawing and crafting, your kids will gain lots of insight on The Holy Month, and all the ways to good deeds along the way. 

--Kit includes-- 
⭐️ Gift bag 
⭐️ Ramadan Activity book packed with activities like: 
- Ramadan countdown 
- Ramadan tracker 
- Tree of good deeds 
- 99 names of Allah 
- Animals in the Quran 
- Prayer times 
- Eid wishlist 
Kit also has : 
⭐️ 6 inserts for crafts like - Eid wallet - Table mat - Door sign - Qibla direction - 3 bookmarks - Iftar invitations 
⭐️ Pack of 12 Staedtler coloring pencils 
⭐️ Scissors 
⭐️ Glue stick 

PRICES 
Pray & Play Kit : EGP 175 
Delivery (Cairo): EGP 40 
Delivery (Alexandria): EGP 50 

ORDER HERE 

7. Ramadan Challenge by The Care Pack

The Ramadan Challenge is designed to bring together your whole family, to bond and enjoy Ramadan while practicing doing good deeds everyday. The kit assigns you and your little ones an activity or "challenge" to do every day, throughout The Holy Month.

It includes: 
•Stickers to customize your forever Kindness Jar 
•Flags to add to your Ramadan decorations 
•Compliment Magnets to spread Kindness 
•Notes & Letters to express Love & Gratitude 
•Giant Coloring Poster with a message to remember 
•Placemats to customize for Family Iftar 

There are many values embedded in the challenge, including but not limited to; Empathy, Gratitude & Positivity, Forgiveness, Sense of Family, Self Love, Kindness 

PRICES 
The Care Pack (Ramadan Edition): EGP 250 
Delivery: EGP 50 

ORDER HERE 

8. Joyful Ramadan Box

Experience the joy of Ramadan with your loved ones through this fun-filled box. 

-- RAMADAN LANTERN --
Build and decorate your very own Ramadan lantern, which will brighten up any room with beautiful Ramadan shapes in multiple colors. Paint your lantern from the outside with your preferred colors (paint & paint brush included).

You can also change these shapes by sticking the magnetic cards (included) onto the lantern, on the fridge, or on anything magnetic you have.
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-- WOODEN DATE DISH -- 
Since Ramadan is the month of giving and generosity, the box also includes a wooden date dish that you can install yourself. Fill it with dates, nuts and sweets to share with your loved ones.

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-- RAMADAN FACT CARDS -- 
The box also includes flash cards with interesting information about Ramadan and the Hijri calendar to make learning fun for your little ones.
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Live the fun experience and install the joy of Ramadan yourself with the help of the step-by-step instruction booklet and the attached installation video.

--Ramadan Joy Kit Includes--

- More than 25 wooden pieces for the lantern and plate
- Lantern bulb in multiple colors
- Magnetic cards
- Acrylic paints and paint brush
- Installation guide
- Ramadan Cards
- A video link explaining how to put everything together

 PRICES 
Joyful Ramadan Box: EGP 160 
Delivery: EGP 50 

ORDER HERE

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10 Reasons (Besides Books) To Visit The Zayed Book Fair

April 30, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

This year's Zayed Book Fair (ZBF) is a no-miss for your entire family. Besides browsing through the endless book options (which is enough to get anyone excited), there is also an entire kids' zone with a packed schedule of activities.

Lookout for The Golden Theater's Go7a Puppet Show, robotics & coding from Snapology, a mobile photography workshop with Skill Buzzer, Waraqat's paper origami, soap making with Abaq, and much much more. 

Workshops vary daily and cater to all ages to ensure that there's something fun for everyone. Spots are limited so be sure to book in advance!

1. Go7a Puppet Show

Interact and enjoy some thrilling performance arts with Zazy Hafez' Golden Theater Group. Catch a hilarious showing of Go7a and his endless stories that are exciting for your kids and grown ups alike.

كلنا بنحب الحواديت وكلنا عارفين آن عم جحا حواديته كتير عشان كدة المسرح الذهبي رجعلكم عم جحا يحكي حواديت للولاد و البنات الحلوين و الحلواتالعرض تقديم زازي حافظ حانرقص و نغني و نمثل مع بعض

-- SHOW SCHEDULE --

Apr 2-3 | Fri-Sat | 2 - 3pm
Apr 9-10 | Fri-Sat | 3 - 4pm 

 
Working Hours:
Apr 2-3, Fri-Sat from 14:00 || Apr 9-10, Fri-Sat from 15:00
Prices:
Go7a Puppet Show: EGP 60BOOK NOW >>

2. Snapology Coding & Robotics Workshops

Snapology's hands-on workshops are definitely not-to miss. Catering to ages 4 to 13, you can choose from a variety of robotics and coding workshops that your kids will love. Best of all, they'll be learning through play, imagination, and more play.

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE --

--FRIDAY | April 2--
11:00 to 12:30 | Kinderbots [Ages 4-8]
12:30 to 13:00 | Real world robotics [Ages 9-13]

--SATURDAY | April 3--
11:00 to 12:30 | Junior engineering [Ages 4-8]
12:30 to 13:00 | Building engineers [Ages 9-13]

--FRIDAY | April 9--
12:00 to 13:30 | Kinderbots [Ages 4-8]
13:30 to 15:00 | Real world robotics [Ages 9-13]

--SATURDAY | April 10--
12:00 to 13:30 | Junior engineering [Ages 4-8]
13:30 to 15:00 | Building engineers [Ages 9-13]

 
Working Hours:
Apr 2-3, Fri-Sat 11:00 to 13:00, Apr 9-10, Fri-Sat 12:00 to 14:00
Prices:
Snapology Workshops: EGP 250BOOK NOW >>

3. أرض الأسرار (Ard El Asrar) Interactive Game

Challenge your loved ones to an exciting game in Arabic! Suitable for ages 7-70, this game combines a variety of your favorites like charades (بدون كلام), Pictionary, Hang Man, Taboo, Truth or Dare, and some general knowledge trivia too.

--SCHEDULE --

Apr 2-3 | Fri-Sat | 12 to 2pm (every hour)
Apr 9-10 | Fri-Sat | 12 to 3pm (every hour)

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Be sure to catch all of Zazy Hafez' other exciting workshops including a Go7a puppet show, and a kids' drama workshop

 
Working Hours:
Apr 2-3 | Fri-Sat 12:00 to 14:00 / Apr 9-10 | Fri-Sat 12:00 to 15:00
Prices:
أرض الأسرار (Ard El Asrar): EGP 60BOOK NOW >>

4. Skill Buzzer Mobile Photography Workshop

Teach your little photographers some super skills they can apply to take some awesome-looking photos. All you need is a kid, and a mobile or tablet and you're good to go!

This 2-hour workshop, suitable for kids between ages 6 to 14, will cover:

- Creative picture compositions
- Frame sizes
- Camera angles
- Creating illusions
- Perspective
- Mobile camera hacks

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE -- 
(2 hour workshop)

Apr 2 | Fri |  12 - 2pm
Apr 3 | Sat | 12 - 2pm 
Apr 9 | Fri |  12 - 2pm

 
Working Hours:
Apr 2-3, 9 Fri/Sat from 12:00
Prices:
Mobile Photography Workshop: EGP 200BOOK NOW >>

5. Care Pack Kids' Activities

The Care Pack's ethically educational kits are making their way to this year's Zayed Book Fair (ZBF) for some hands-on activities that will highlight the good in each of your children. Take part in these fun-filled fruitful workshops, which include:

-- Kindness Starts With Me --
[Apr 3 | Sat | 1pm]

This activity is designed for children (5+) to get a first-hand experience of the benefits of kindness; by guiding them to be kind to all people, animals, plants, properties & above all to be kind to themselves. It helps children notice kindness in their everyday, think about ways to be kind in all situations & to use the power of compliments and kind words.
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-- Grateful Little Hearts --
[Apr 9 | Fri | 2pm]

This activity is designed to help children (5+) be aware & notice the plenty of reasons they should be grateful, helps them experience feeling and expressing gratitude & appreciation. It promotes many benefits especially increasing happiness.

 
Working Hours:
Apr 3, Sat at 13:00 

Apr 9, Fri at 14:00
Prices:
Kindness Starts With Me: EGP 100Grateful Little Hearts: EGP 100BOOK NOW >>

6. Color & Stitch Your Prayer Mat

Encourage your little ones to pray by coloring in or stitching their very own prayer mats. Not only are Arze's waterproof nylon prayer mats a super fun activity, but they're also perfect to take with you on the go.

Choose from their coloring activity or stitching activity during The Zayed Book Fair (ZBF).

 
Working Hours:
Apr 2, Fri 13:00 to 14:00
Prices:
Color Your Prayer Mat: EGP 100Stitch Your Prayer Mat: EGP 75BOOK NOW >>

7. Abaq Soap Making

Give your kiddos the chance to create something beautiful in this exciting soap-making workshop.

Join in on a day to remember for a bubbly fun session of making your own 100% natural handmade soap. Choose your own design, scent, and colors from a variety of options.

Suitable age: starting from 5 years (sometimes 4 years is an exception). 

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE --

Apr 5 | Mon 
12pm/ 1pm/ 2pm/ 3pm

Apr 6 | Tue 
12pm/ 1pm/ 2pm/ 3pm

Apr 9 | Fri 
12pm/ 1pm/ 2pm/ 3pm

 
Working Hours:
Apr 5-6, 9, Mon/Tue/Fri 12:00 to 16:00
Prices:
1 Bar of Soap: EGP 120BOOK NOW >>

8. Waraqat, Paper Art

Join Waraqat for some fun Origami sessions where your kids will get creative and turn simple sheets of paper into some really exciting models. Sessions at The Zayed Book Fair will cater to different age groups and include different themes like underwater designs, designing and creating outfits, creating an origami pet dog, and making your very own notebook from scratch.

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE --

-Wednesday 7th of April-

*Origami Pet Dog*
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
5-7 years old

Are you a dog lover? Ever thought of creating a dog with paper, even a whole family of dogs. Join in on this interesting workshop, and let your child have a great experience creating dogs with paper.
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*Handmade Paper Notebook *
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
8-12 years old

Children will learn how to create handmade paper notebook, personalize it with colorful cover and get creative with their doodles or writings.

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-Saturday 10th of April-

**Outfit Theme**
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
5-7 years old

What is more fun than creating a mockup of your outfit with paper?! Whether you are wearing a plain or patterned t-shirt, get ready to make it with paper.
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**Underwater Theme**
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
8-12 years old
Letʼs explore the underwater mysterious world together through an interesting journey of folding colorful fish with paper.

 
Working Hours:
Apr 7, Wed 11:30 to 14:30

Apr 10, Sat 11:30 to 14:30
Prices:
Origami Pet: EGP 115Paper Notebook: EGP 135Outfit Theme: EGP 115Underwater Theme: EGP 135BOOK NOW >>

9. Golden Theater Drama Workshop

Interact and enjoy some thrilling performance arts with Zazy Hafez' Golden Theater Group. Your kids (ages 6+) will enjoy a 60 minute drama workshop that will let all their creative juices flow, and their inner stars shine.

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE --

Sun | Apr 4 | 3 - 4pm
Sun | Apr 11 | 3 - 4pm

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Be sure to catch all of Zazy Hafez' other exciting workshops including a Go7a puppet show, and an interactive game called Ard Al Asrar

 
Working Hours:
Apr 4/11, Sun at 15:00
Prices:
Drama Workshop: EGP 100BOOK NOW >>

10. LogiClub

Reveal your kids' hidden talents by unleashing the power of their brains through the perfect balance between learning and having fun. Sign up your little ones for these 60 minute coding, robotics and circuit workshops at this year's Zayed Book Fair.

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE -- 
(60 minute sessions each)

Apr 6 | Tue | 1pm / 2pm/ 3pm
Apr 8 | Thu | 1pm / 2pm/ 3pm
Apr 11 | Sun | 1pm / 2pm/ 3pm

 
Working Hours:
Apr 6-11, Tue/Thu/Sun 13:00 to 16:00
Prices:
LogiClub Workshops: EGP 100BOOK NOW >>
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6 Out-Of-The-Box Fun Kids’ Activities To Do This Weekend

April 23, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

Introduce your kiddos to some new adventures with these fun-filled weekend activities- Thursday afternoon counts too! Have a go at rock climbing for FREE, see if your kids are into coding and robotics at Snapology's FREE trial sessions, or try out some woodwork for a change. Explore these ideas and broaden your little ones' horizons.

Information was correct at the time of posting but we advise you contact the venue to make sure the activity hasn't change

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Uptown International School: Why is IB Different?

April 18, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Parenting
Choosing the perfect educational system and school for your kids is a crucial decision one must take along the parenting journey. Uptown International School is sharing expert insight into the prestigious IB system, that is sought after by the world's top universities today. The school offers IB throughout all years of education, starting from the primary years, all the way to high school. UIS has been an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) Candidate School since January 2020 and will complete its authorization during the 2021-22 school year. The school uses US Common Core Standards as guideposts for individual student growth in its curriculum.

Inquiry-based, student-centered learning

Teaching and learning is built around student discovery, natural curiosity, and engagement. Students create their own questions and conduct their own research and discovery, guided by their teacher. This is in contrast to most systems where teachers and books are the center of learning and students passively accept knowledge and simply repeat it without developing skills such as research, communication, writing, synthesizing, and analysis.

Differentiated learning allows us to address all learners at their level

  • We differentiate student learning, meaning that students are not treated as a group, but instead have their specific learning needs addressed. Not every child is on the same reading or math level, for example, in every grade, so we ensure that every child receives the aproppriate level of challenge to guarantee continual learning.
  • Through differentiated instruction we are able to address many cases of mild learning needs

Authentic and continual assessment of learning, not memorized tests and quizzes

Teachers continually gather evidence of student learning and achievement in order to give a better, more accurate understanding of student knowledge and skills. Traditional tests and quizzes only assess a student’s ability to memorize and communicate specific information in stressful conditions.

Rational Homework Policy

Primary students rarely have homework other than reading or being read to by their parents. Any homework should be about gathering data or making observations. There are no worksheets or workbooks. Children should rest, play, and be part of the family to help ensure proper social, emotional, and psychological well-being.

Students who graduate from UIS at the end of Grade 12 will have IB and American Diplomas, a double qualification for university entrance

  • The IB Diploma is the most prestigious qualification for university entrance in the world
  • UIS students will also earn an American Diploma through the completion of their courses in Grades 9 to 12, giving them another guarantee for university admissions
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11 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day As A Family

April 15, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
Alongside the heartfelt and thoughtful presents you've purchased for Mom this year, why not treat your Mama to a special experience? These unique, family friendly activities ensure there's fun for Mom (and Dad), as well your kiddos too! A happy family, ultimately means a happy Mommy, right?! Information was correct at the time of posting but we advise you contact the venue to make sure the activity hasn't changed
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5 Mother’s Day Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids

April 15, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
We need to look no further than our very own home to find an everyday superhero. Mama, whether you're cooking up meals, helping out with homework, kissing boo-boos or off at the rat race, it's nothing but awe we have for you. Your little ones feel the same and would love nothing more than to show some appreciation for you. So we've rounded up some cute crafts you can do together for Mother's Day.

1. Mothers Day Handprint Art Flowers

This handprint craft is PERFECT for mom whether you're making it with just one pair of hands or, if you are making this at home with handprints from all siblings or all family members. WHAT YOU'LL NEED Non-toxic washable paints Green paint Paint & paintbrush White paper (2x) Scissors Glue Ribbon (optional) STEP 1 Pick your favourite colour and either paint your hands by using a paintbrush or dip your palms in paint. STEP 2 Press down your hands on white paper (pretty hard) and then, in one swift motion remove the hand to make the handprint. Make one, two, three, four or more handprints in one or more colours. STEP 3 Let the paint dry. Once dry, cut along the handprint. STEP 4 Glue the handprint on a sheet of paper or canvas. STEP 5 Draw flower stems with green paint (or marker). Decorate with a bow and write your Mother’s day message. Image/activity credit: easypeasyandfun.com

2. Ice Cream Stick Earring Stand

No matter what your little one makes for you, you'll cherish it. But if your kiddo wants to make something useful for your wardrobe, this cute craft is just the thing to make together. WHAT YOU'LL NEED Around 10 cleaned ice cream sticks Paint and paintbrush Strong gel glue STEP 1 Paint the ice cream sticks. Let them dry properly, and spray them with aerosol varnish (optional). STEP 2 Glue 4, 5 or even 6 sticks (depending on the number of earrings you want to hang) horizontally between two other vertical sticks. Make sure to follow the instructions for the glue you are using, especially regarding the complete drying time. STEP 3 Then form a triangle on each side of the "grid" with two more ice cream sticks. A small amount of strong glue is enough to stick, however, it will be necessary to firmly hold the sticks a few minutes before the gel sticks well (it is important to have a glue in the form of gel, in order to form a real point of glue where to apply the ends of the ice cream sticks). STEP 4 Be sure to let it dry several hours before hanging your earrings Image/activity credit: modesettravaux.fr

3. Pressed Flowers and Leaves Bookmark

Got a mama who likes to read? Then this pretty nature-inspired bookmark is sure to put a smile on her face. WHAT YOU'LL NEED Various leaves and flowers Cardstock Scissors Glue Contact paper or laminator Single hole punch Yarn, string, or raffia ribbon STEP 1 To make this bookmark craft, you’ll need some pressed leaves and flowers. Here’s how you can press them: - Take a nature walk or head into your own backyard and pick some small flowers and leaves. - Press your flowers and leaves by placing them inside the pages of a thick book for 3-4 days. - Once your flowers and leaves are pressed and dry, carefully remove them from the book. STEP 2 Cut some cardstock the size you’d like your bookmark to be. STEP 3 Use your pressed flowers and leaves to make a design on your cardstock. Once you’re happy with the design, you’ll want to lightly attach the flowers and leaves to your bookmark before you permanently cover them up. STEP 4 Next you’ll want to cover the bookmarks with plastic to protect them during use. You can use a personal laminator (if you have one), but you can also cover your bookmark with clear contact paper. STEP 5 Once you’ve covered your bookmark, trim off the excess plastic. STEP 6 Now it’s time to add the finishing details. Use a small single hole punch to punch holes around the border of bookmark. Then thread some cord around the border and tie it off at the top. If you prefer to keep it simple, you can just punch a single hole at the top for your cord. Image/activity credit: buggyandbuddy.com

4. Mom You Rock Craft

Rock paintings are such a classic craft for the kiddos. Why not have them paint special rock portraits for mom this Mother’s Day? WHAT YOU'LL NEED Rock Paint Paint brush Old gift/jewelry box STEP 1 Find a rock big enough to paint a face on STEP 2 Paint your rock to look like your mom STEP 3 Once dry, place the rock inside a repurposed jewelry or gift box and wrap a bow around it. Image/activity credit: mermagblog.com

5. Egg Carton Flowers

Abstract art doesn't get cooler than this. Super simple, and super fun this activity will have your kiddos wanting do endless combinations. WHAT YOU'LL NEED Acrylic Paint Egg Carton (not foam) Paper Straw Pom Poms Scissors Glue Paint Brush STEP 1 Have an adult cut out four containers out of the egg carton. Trim around the edges so that it gives it a rounder shape for the petals of the flower. STEP 2 Squirt some acrylic paint colours onto a paper plate and have the kids paint their flowers. Use any colours you’d like or use a pastel palate. STEP 3 After the paint’s dried you can attach the stem of the flower by gluing it to the back. Use a paper straw so that it is thick enough to hold up the egg carton, if you use something like a pipe cleaner it will just bend. STEP 4 Next choose a coloured pom pom and glue that to the center of the painted egg carton. Image/activity credit: iheartartsncrafts.com
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9 Family Friendly Things To Do This Weekend

April 09, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
The weekend is here, and there's great weather to look forward to! Whether your kiddos are still little tots, or old enough to enjoy the same things you do, there's fun for everyone! Information was correct at the time of posting but we advise you contact the venue to make sure the activity hasn't changed
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7 Things To Do In The Open Air This Week [New Cairo – Maadi]

April 23, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
East Cairo residents, here is a treat for you! Bond with your families at these super exciting outdoor events, adventure parks, sensory play, race car tracks, storytelling and much much more. Browse through the the list, and fill your week with a variety of open-air activities to keep everyone in your family entertained and happy in the crisp winter air! Information was correct at the time of posting but we advise you contact the venue to make sure the activity hasn't changed
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10 Fun Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

April 09, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
Valentine's Day is just around the corner - the ultimate day to tell family and friends just how much they mean to us. And here at Kidzapp we jump at any chance to work on a fun craft! So we've rounded up ten cool Valentine's Day crafting activities for you and the kids to have fun with. They're colourful, cheerful, easy to make, and don't need much in the way of raw materials. Scroll down for some ideas to mark the day, and keep those kiddos busy and creative at home!

1. Paper Plate Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

We decorate for Ramadan and Christmas, why not decorate for Valentine's Day? Get the kiddos into the mood for the Day of Hearts with this cool wreath! The activity is both fun for the kiddos and bring some loving cheer into your home. It's a simple craft needing only colored paper, paper plates, and glue. So craft away and show some love! --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Paper (cardstock or construction); paper plate; ribbon; scissors; glue; heart template (printable in Website Link) --STEP 1-- Print the heart template on colored paper. There are three different sized hearts per page. --STEP 2-- Cut out the hearts. If you are working with younger kids, you could point out the different sizes and ask them to sort hearts in order from smallest to biggest or biggest to smallest before working on your wreath. --STEP 3-- Cut out the inner part of the paper plate leaving the outer rim intact. This will form the wreath frame. --STEP 4-- Glue hearts onto the paper plate until you feel like you have enough hearts on your heart wreath. --STEP 5-- Add a ribbon to the back of the plate to hang the wreath.

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2. Tissue Paper Flowers

Nothing says Valentine's Day like flowers! So go ahead and make your own bouquet that won't wilt. Tissue paper flowers are an easy-to-make craft that's perfect for the occasion. Your kiddos will particularly love this craft because it allows them to create decor that can be used and admired. The materials you need are easy to find, and this activity is also great for practicing cutting skills. --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- 1 green chenille stem/pipe cleaner; 1 sheet of green cardstock paper or construction paper (for optional leaves); 3 sheets (12-by-6-inch sheets or larger) of colored tissue paper; ruler; scissors --STEP 1-- Stack three sheets of tissue paper on top of one another, line them up, and cut into 12-by-6-inch sheets. (For larger flowers, use bigger sheets and cut to your desired size). Once cut to size, be sure your sheets of tissue paper are stacked and lined up once again before you begin folding your tissue paper. Start with the shorter side (in this case, the 6-inch side) and make a 1-inch fold to start off an accordion fold. --STEP 2-- Once you have made a 1-inch fold in your stacked tissue paper edge, turn your tissue paper stack over for the next fold, then turn it back for the fold after that. Keep folding and turning over the paper until you have an accordion-style narrow strip of tissue paper. --STEP 3-- Take your scissors and trim the ends of the stacked tissue paper strip so that you have a rounded edge. This will help your tissue paper petals have a rounded appearance, like the petals of a real peony, when you unfold the flower later. Be sure to trim both ends of your folded tissue paper stack. --STEP 4-- Add the stem. To ensure the stem is centered, fold the tissue strip in half and place the green pipe cleaner or chenille stem at the fold. Loop the "stem" around the middle of the folded tissue paper strip. Twist the pipe cleaner onto itself to hold the tissue paper strip in place. --STEP 5-- Gently peel open the layers. Starting on one side, begin opening up the tissue paper folds you made. Be sure to pull apart the folds evenly from both ends. --Step 6-- Separate the tissue paper sheets. Gently separate the tissue paper sheets to unfold the petals of your flower. It will quickly begin to look like a beautiful blossom. You can cut leaf shapes out of the green paper and glue those to the stem for a more "real" look. --Step 7-- Create a bouquet by combining several of the flowers together. Display them in a vase or give them to a loved one!

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3. Popsicle Stick Valentine's Day Rockets

Blast off into crafty happiness with this Valentine Rocket Ships craft made from popsicle sticks and paper! Then use them as heart themed decor, for pretend play pieces, or turn them into “valentines” by adding a to/from on the back and gifting them to a friend or loved one. --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Jumbo Popsicle Sticks (3 per rocket ship craft); mini Popsicle Sticks (2 per rocket ship craft); glue; craft paint (in any color you like!); foam paint brush; small paper plate; Valentine’s Day themed scrapbook paper or cardstock paper; orange colored cardstock; heart paper punch; optional – craft glitter, rhinestones, feathers etc. --STEP 1-- Glue your popsicle sticks together to look like a fence. Lay the three jumbo popsicle sticks next to each other and then the two mini across. Set aside to let it dry completely. Repeat for each Valentine rocket you want to make. --STEP 2-- Now you are ready for paint. Squirt your craft paint on the paper plate. Have the kiddos paint them however they like. --STEP 3-- Next grab your scrapbook paper and cardstock. Cut out a triangular top for the rocket ship, as well as a pretty heart embellishment for the center and orange flames on the bottom. --STEP 4-- To finish off your Popsicle Stick Valentine Rocket Ship – have the kiddos glue on their cardstock pieces, as well as any other embellishments they see fit

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4. Stick Bow & Arrow

What's Valentine's Day without Cupid?! Get crafting with the kiddos and make your own bow and arrow and shoot some love! --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Yarn; paper tapes in pastel colors; washi tape in golden color; twigs / nature sticks – one 12 inches and another 6 inches long; feathers; cardboard; scissors.gt --STEP 1-- Collect sticks that are smooth, long and flexible when you go for your nature walks. If the sticks are rough, sand them down with sandpaper and a dull knife. Take the longer stick and decorate with paper tapes / washi tapes. This will be the bow. --STEP 2-- Using yarn, make multiple twists at one end and knot it in place. Now bend the stick into a small arc and wrap the yarn securely at the other end to form a bow. Leave some length on the string to tie the feathers. --STEP 3-- Trace a triangle on a cardboard piece and cut it to form an arrow tip. Cover with gold washi tape. --STEP 4-- Decorate the arrow with tiny strips of washi tape again like you did with the bow. Add diagonal strips at the bottom and secure in place to create the fletching using a glue gun if required. Fletching is the material at the end of the arrow which helps guide it as it flies. --STEP 5-- Nock the arrow (slice a little slit in the wood). Take a knife and cut a slit at the end without the arrowhead to make the nock. This will help the string guide the arrow. Make as many arrows as you need.

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5. Heart Hunt Game

Looking for something with minimal effort and packs a bag-load of fun? Then this Heart Hunt Game is for you! Turn Valentine's Day indoors into a fun scavenger hunt! Scatter hearts across your home and have your littles hunt them down. --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Craft foam or cardboard; scissors; paper lunch bags --STEP 1-- Cut out a whole bunch of hearts from the craft foam/cardboard. You could also decorate the paper bags --STEP 2-- Then hide those hearts! Decide which rooms/areas you want to cover with the hunt, and start hiding. You could stick hearts to windows, on chair arms, and next to table legs. --STEP 3-- Hand out the bags, and explain to the kiddos that they are going on a heart hunt, and they need to place all the hearts they can in their bags.

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6. Fruit Loop Heart Bird Feeder

Love is for nature too, not just our fellow humans! Since Valentine’s Day falls during winter, when birds have the most difficulty finding food, your kiddo will be happy to show some love to their feathered friends with this fun bird-feeder, which can double as a fun indoor decoration too. --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Pipe cleaners; string/twine; Froot Loop cereal (or any other circle-shaped cereal) --STEP 1-- Have the kiddos string the Fruit Loops onto the pipe cleaners. You can start by forming the heart and then letting them add the cereal, or let them string first and then form the heart. --STEP 2-- Once the cereal is strung and the heart formed bring the bottom together and twist. --STEP 3-- Lastly you can add a bit of twine to hang the bird feeder or loop it straight over a branch. Or hang it inside your home as a fun decoration.

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7. Painted Heart Rocks

Bring a little Valentine's Day cheer to the outdoors and spread the love to one and all! Decorate little rocks and pebbles and leave them around parks for people to find, use them for a scavenger hunt, or even as little gifts that will last forever. --WHAT YOU WILL NEED-- Pebbles and rocks of different sizes; acrylic paint --STEP 1-- Collect pebbles and rocks of different sizes and colors --STEP 2-- Paint hearts onto the rocks. You could also paint the rocks if they're a dull color before you paint on the hearts --STEP 3-- Once dry, use the rocks as giveaways, treasures in scavenger hunts, or leave them for others to find outdoors and make them smile!

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8. Valentine Dinosaur

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? This Valentine's Day give these favorites a roar-some makeover using foam hearts! --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Large Craft Foam Hearts – one makes TWO dinosaurs;  colored cardstock; glue; scissors; small Wiggle Eyes – one per dinosaur craft; small heart stickers;  optional – embellishments like holiday stickers, glitter glue, rhinestones etc. --STEP 1-- First have the kids cut their craft heart in half. Straight up the center to make TWO equal sized dinosaur bodies. --STEP 2-- Next grab your cardstock and scissors. Make several white (or any other color) triangular spikes for along the curved back, as well as cutting out rectangular legs and a head from the remaining cardstock. --Step 3-- Have the kids glue their cardstock pieces in place (preferably on the back of their craft for a seamless look in the front) as well as adding other embellishments they see fit (like glitter, heart stickers and wiggle eyes) before displaying proudly!

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9. Q-Tip Painted Heart

Valentine's Day means hearts! This q-tip painted heart art is a fun and easy Valentine’s Day project that only requires a few simple supplies. This would be a great idea for younger kids to practice making patterns, and a fun painting technique for kids of all ages! --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- White cardstock; printable template (available in website link); watercolor paint; acrylic paint; paintbrushes; Q-tips; scissors; paint palette; water dish. --STEP 1-- If you are using the heart templates provided, then print them out onto white cardstock and cut them out. Kids can also make their own hearts if they like. --STEP 2-- Kids can choose to paint their hearts first or leave them white. If you are painting your heart first, decide on a color. It's best to use watercolors for this step, you want the paint color to be light enough so the acrylic paint shows up nice and bright when painting with q-tips. --STEP 3-- Once your heart is dry, get your acrylic paint colors ready. Use one q-tip per color. Some kids might only want to use two or three colors, while other kids will want to use five or six or more. And paint away! Make whatever pattern your heart desires.

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10. Valentine Balloon Craft

Create a personalized Valentine using your kiddo's picture! This fun craft is part painting part photograph, and you and the kids will have a blast making them. --WHAT YOU'LL NEED-- Paper Roll – either a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll will work;; paint – red or pink paint; photo – you’ll need to take a picture of your child pretending to hold balloons. Then print off the photo. You can print from your computer using photo paper. You can also print a photo on white cardstock; white cardstock; ultra fine point sharpie or black pen; glue stick. --STEP 1-- First, take a picture of your child pretending to hold a balloon, and print it out --STEP 2-- Glue the picture to a piece of white cardstock. --STEP 3-- Take a paper roll and fold it into the shape of a heart. Once folded, it should stay in place. If you find the paper roll starting to unbend you can use an elastic to keep it in place. --STEP 4-- Stamp the paper roll into red or pink acrylic paint and then stamp onto your white cardstock to make heart shapes. You can also use fingerprints to make fingerprint hearts, heart stickers or draw your own heart balloons. --STEP 5-- Add enough to make it look like a bunch of balloons. --STEP 6-- Using an ultra fine point sharpie or black pen, draw lines from the heart balloons to the hand. You do not need to draw a line for every balloon. For some of the top ones you can just draw a little line down to the next balloon. Write a note and give it to a friend or loved one!

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April 03, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities
The weekend is here and we're all looking for some fun family outdoor time to keep us, both, entertained and safe! Explore these fun activities that are perfect for everyone from your little tots, all the way to the grown ups. Information was correct at the time of posting but we advise you contact the venue to make sure the activity hasn`t changed
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