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Magic charms such as the hamsa are based on ancient cultural traditions. Create a replica of this amulet, which has its roots in both Judaism and Islam.
Students research the meaning of a hamsa and find pictures of this amulet. A hamsa, or Middle Eastern hand-shaped amulet is supposed to give positive energy, happiness, riches, and health to its owner. It is a common symbol in both Islam and Judaism.
To make a replica of this traditional amulet, students draw a large hand shape on construction paper using Crayola® Colored Pencils. Students decorate their hamsa with authentic, creative designs representing Islam and/or Judaism using Crayola Gel Markers and Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
Attach craft gems to the amulet with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
Cut out the hamsa with Crayola Scissors. Trace the hamsa on thin cardboard and cut it out. Glue the cardboard to the back of your hamsa. Dry.
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