Moroccan architecture is famous for its intricate tiles – thousands of colourful little ceramic shapes cover even the most mundane buildings. Give your children some paper and some wax crayons and get them to engage in some tile rubbing, it’s a wonderful way to preserve memories of your Moroccan holiday.
Whether you’re at the beach or in the Sahara, the sand is a fine playground. For instance:
Exercise those artistic muscles by joining together to create a huge sand picture. It can be something that you’ve seen on your travels or something that’s in view where you are. The only limit is your imagination. Use sticks, spades or hands to draw it, and stones, shells and other such treasure to decorate.
Rock the Sand Kasbah
Have a sand castle competition with a Moroccan twist by trying to recreate one of these fantastic Arabic fortresses the Kingdom has on offer. The winner can be decided however you like – the biggest, the tallest, the most realistic, just make sure that you agree on the rules before you start digging!
How Low Can You Go?
A simple game, hand everyone a spade, set a time limit of ten minutes and see who can dig the deepest hole. A handicap system may be necessary with young children: adults should have less time to complete their excavations. N.B: remember that sand holes can be dangerous and cave in at any time, never dig a hole that is so deep that your shoulders are below the level of the surface.
Sketch out a hopscotch grid, find a stone and away you go! It’s a great way to introduce your children to this classic game, and hopping in the soft sand is fantastic for working on your balance.
If your children have been fascinated by the snake charmers in the medinas, they’ll love this game. Simply lay a skipping rope in the sand and wriggle it like a snake. Children have to jump over it without the ‘snake’ touching them.