The Blue Mosque

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Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul is often referred to as The Blue Mosque. Nicknamed for its blue domes, this elaborately decorated mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. It is considered one of the most beautiful structures on Earth! Following the easy instructions below, your kid can build his own Blue Mosque just in time for Ramadan by drawing, cutting and assembling paper shapes.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Photo of the Blue Mosque

What You Do:

  1. First, take a look at the Blue Mosque together and talk about the major shapes that make up the structure. Does he see half-circles in the domes? How about rectangles in the minarets?
  2. Have him draw the shapes he sees onto construction paper in corresponding colors.
  3. Encourage him to cut them out and carefully assemble them on a sheet of construction paper.
  4. Once the mosque is arranged, ask him to fill in the surrounding scenery to create an environment for the mosque. We created a small hill in front, for example.
  5. To celebrate Ramadan, ask him to add a crescent moon with a star. The sighting of the crescent moon in the ninth month of the year signifies the start of Ramadan.
  6. Ask him to glue down all of the shapes to recreate his own Blue Mosque.
  7. Use markers to fill in the details, like windows.