Join us as we journey to the incredible country of Morocco! During this virtual tour of Morocco for kids, we’ll enjoy fun and inspiring Morocco activities. This Morocco virtual field trip is a perfect way to explore and also serve the world right from home during this holiday season!
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Morocco Activities for Kids and Service Ideas
SERVE AROUND THE WORLD
Featured Organization Doing Good: Morocco Library Project through OliveSeed
The Morocco Library Project works with schools and local teachers to establish English-speaking libraries in Morocco. It is a part of OliveSeed, which develops libraries and literacy programs in Morocco and Kenya.
How Families Can Help in Morocco
- Consider if there’s some way you can donate or fundraise at least $1 for Morocco Library Project . Here are some ideas for either fundraising online or outdoors:
- Sell 4 cups of lemonade
- Sing a holiday song in a parking lot and collect donations
- Host a virtual fundraiser
- Teach a 10 minute kids class on Zoom (baking? LEGO building? Star Wars origami?)
- Share stories
- Simple service at home:
- Consider if you can donate a book to someone who doesn’t have as much access
- Read a book to a sibling
Supporting Moroccan Individuals
- Take a Moroccan cooking class
- Purchase authentic Moroccan handicrafts
- Listen to and support gnawa musicians
MOROCCO ACTIVITIES: LANGUAGE ARTS
Featured Morocco Book: Morocco Activities for Preschoolers
The Butter Man by Elizabeth Letts (Author), Ali Alalou (Author), & 1 more
Picture Book Read Aloud
Picture Book Discussion Questions
Other Morocco Books for Kids
Find a picture book read aloud and discussion of The Storyteller and also an indigenous storyteller right here!
Languages in Morocco: Morocco Activities for Language Arts
MOROCCO SOCIAL STUDIES:
MOROCCO VIRTUAL TOUR OF HISTORY & LANDMARKS
Basic Morocco Facts
- The capital of Morocco is Rabat.
- The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Morocco.
- The current Prime Minister of Morocco is Saad-Eddine El Othmani.
- Morocco is located on the northwestern coast of Africa.
- It borders 2 countries (Algeria and Spain because of the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla), along with the self-governing region of Western Sahara.
- Morocco has two official languages: Standard Arabic and Tamazight. The main dialect spoken is Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija). French is the second language for 1/3 of the country, and is considered fairly prestigious in the country.
- The currency in Morocco is the dirham. $1 USD ~ 10 Moroccan dirham.
- Much of Morocco has a moderate, Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cool and moist winters. The Sahara desert covers part of the country, which is much more dry and is hot during the day and cold at night.
- Morocco is about 99% Muslim, with about 93% being considered religious. About 2/3 of those people are Sunni Muslims.
- The primary industries include mining, leather & textiles, and tourism.
- Morocco is about the size of California.
- The country produces 2/3 of the world’s phosphates, which are used in plant fertilizers.
- Morocco was the first country to recognize an independent United States of America.
- Morocco has about the same number of cell phones as it does people.
- The oldest university in the world, University of al-Qarawinyyin, is located in Fez, and was founded in 859 C.E.
- Moroccans have three New Years celebrations.
Here’s a fun Morocco Learning Video we put together after our visit to the country!
Map of Morocco
Color in Morocco on this map of Africa!
Morocco Flag Activity
Flag from HERE
HERE is a fun printable Morocco flag coloring sheet!
Morocco Virtual Tour to a Featured Landmark
There are few places more active and vibrant than the main medina market in Marrakech. It is filled with stalls selling everything from pottery to rugs to spices. Jemaa el-Fnaa is the main square in the medina.
Chefchaouen is located in the Atlas Mountains and is known as the Blue City. The entire city is covered in blue, and this small city is beautiful and welcoming!
The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. It covers much of Northern Africa, including parts of Morocco. Some parts that are closer to the Mediterranean Sea receive between 4-10″ of rain. Other areas receive much less, and only in wintertime.
Featured Important Moroccan Person: King Hassan II
King Hassan II was the king of Morocco from 1961 until 1999. Many knew him as being very dictatorial. The first 20 or so years of his rule are called the Years of Lead. This is because the government was violent against activists and protestors and those who advocated for democracy. He came from a dynasty of rulers, and was known as one of the most severe.
MOROCCO ACTIVITIES: ARTS & CULTURE
Featured Morocco Artist: Mehdi Nassouli
Mehdi Nassouli grew up in Taroudant, Morocco. He is of Berber origin, and grew up with many traditional Gnawa influences. (Gnawa is a type of Islamic religious music and poetry important in Morocco and other parts of North Africa. The name stems from the Gnawa people, who are black people who were enslaved and brought to the very northern parts of North Africa by the Berber people.)
Mehdi is known for playing the traditional Gnawa instrument, the guembri (sintir). He studied many different musical traditions from North Africa and also from around the world, and has fused them to create his own sound.
Moroccan Craft & Culture Activities for Kids
Hand-Painted Moroccan Tile Craft
Morocco has tons of beautiful hand-painted tilework, which is focused on Islamic patterns. You can create your own Moroccan tile designs at home using inspiration from Moroccan tile. Before you start, you can read a bit about Islamic art here. Pay attention to the meaning behind certain things – circular patterns, for instance, signify that God (Allah) is infinite. Geometric patterns are important, and art is essential in everyday life.
Here are a few Islamic art coloring pages to help inspiration flow!
World of Islam Tiles Coloring Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- White air-dry modeling clay
- Rolling pin (I like these mini silicone rolling pins for kids’ craft projects)
- Washable paint + brushes
- Knife or dough scraper
- I love these smocks to protect clothing!
- Take 4 balls of clay, each about 2-3″ in diameter.
- Flatten the dough balls and roll them out until each forms a square about 4″x4″. Try to maintain an even thickness throughout. Use the knife or dough scraper to create even squares.
- Take a look at this selection of patterns in Islamic art and pick a design, or just use them for inspiration to create your own design. Paint your four clay “tiles” with your chosen design, being careful to match up corners and edges.
- Let dry and display!
Here’s a video on geometry in Islamic art if you want to dig a little deeper!
Become a Storyteller
We heard two wonderful tales from storytellers. You can be a storyteller, too!
Think of something that has happened in your life. It could be a game you played with your family, a craft you made, a trip you took, a playdate, or any number of things. It can be something important or an everyday occurrence. Practice telling someone about the following:
- Who: who was there?
- What: what is the important thing that took place?
- Where: what are some descriptors of the location? How can you help your audience feel like they are immersed in your story?
- When: when did this happen? How long did it take? How does it relate to other events?
- Why: what is the purpose and significance of this event?
Decide if you’d like to be a verbal storyteller or a written one. Do you want to add in illustrations? Voices? Body language?
Morocco Art Books
Other Morocco Kids Activities
MOROCCO ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Morocco Movement Activities
Like many countries, the most popular sport in Morocco is football (soccer). There are also many forms of traditional music and dance that are important in Moroccan culture!
Traditional Moroccan Folk Dance
Gnawa Music & Dance
SCIENCE + MATH
Cooking activity, Moroccan animals
Featured Moroccan Food: Moroccan Recipes for Kids
- There’s hardly any food more typically Moroccan than a tagine. A tagine is both the vegetable and/or meat stew-like food that Moroccans commonly eat, as well as the ceramic dish in Moroccans cook the food. Here’s a great recipe for vegetable tagine!
- Moroccans often serve tagine with couscous. Here’s a full recipe for Moroccan couscous with vegetables.
- If tagine is the most common food, Moroccan mint tea has to be the national drink. You can make it yourself at home!
Animals in Morocco
The argan tree is endemic to Morocco. It is famous because you can use it to create a special oil for skin, hair, and even food. The tree’s fruit attracts climbing goats! They then eat the fruit and poop out nuts, which are then cracked open to make argan oil. You can learn more about the goats here!
VIDEO + FURTHER LEARNING & DISCUSSION FOR MOROCCO VIRTUAL TOUR
Kid Video About Morocco
Plan a Trip to Morocco with Kids!
After having all this fun, consider planning a virtual or real trip. What sites or cities would you visit? To help, here’s a full Morocco family guide, as well as a 10-day Morocco itinerary with kids!
Morocco with Kids Discussion Questions
- How has the art of storytelling been helpful in your family? Have you ever listened to a story from an older relative?
- King Hassan II was not a well-loved person in Moroccan history. Should we be studying him? Why or why not?
- If you were to film a movie in Morocco, which area would you use for filming?
- What are some ways we can keep traditional song and dance alive and relevant in our communities?
- Why are patterns so important in Islamic art?
Thanks for Taking a Virtual Visit to Morocco With Us!
We’ve loved putting together this resource to virtually visit Morocco. We’d love to hear if you do any of these activities for a homeschooling Morocco unit, or if you visit in person!
We hope to inspire curiosity and connection through exploring and learning, and we hope this guide helps you and your families. Please share any activities you do with us over on our Instagram. And we’d be delighted if you passed this Morocco for kids virtual tour and homeschooling resource along to others, as well!
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