Pakistan: تعارف

We are leaving Africa and heading East to Pakistan! The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is located in South Asia and boarders India to the East, Afghanistan to the Northwest, Iran to the West and China to the Northeast. Pakistan is the fifth most populated country in the world, the second largest muslim country and 33-rd largest country by size.

In 1947 they gained their independence from India when the Radcliffe line was drawn. Home to Malala Yousafza the youngest ever recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize as well as 6 UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the world’s highest mountains are in Pakistan, so naturally it also has the world’s highest paved international road, the highest polo field as well as the world’s highest ATM.

Pakistan is a beautiful country and was once home to one of the oldest civilizations on earth and it still continues to be one of the natural beauties of the world.

The Flag

The Pakistani flag is white and green with a crescent representing progress and a star which stands for light and knowledge. The flag as a whole represents their commitment to Islam as well as the rights of religious minorities.

You will need…

  • thick paper
  • green paint
  • white paper

Paint 2/3 of the flag green leaving a vertical stripe on the left side white.

Once dry, cut out a white star and crescent and glue it on the green.

There you have it, the Pakistani flag!

Painted Bus Craft

In Pakistan, bus and truck drivers have elaborately painted vehicles. They are an artistic expression of the driver and can cost thousands of dollars. The buses and trucks often have images representative of the owners home since they can be gone for a long time on far trips.

We decided to make our own painted buses!

You will need…

  • Cardboard box (large enough for your driver to fit in)
  • Paint
  • Cut out pieces of paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • etc.

Start by either cutting off the top and bottom box flaps or secure them inside the box so you have a hollow rectangle.

Provide your artist with paints, markers, paper shapes, stickers, glue, anything you can think of and let them go to town! The goal is total personal expression, each bus should scream the name of the artist who made it.

Allow them to dry, then add wheels, headlights and a grill to complete the ‘bus’.

Its all done! You can add string so that the boxes can be worn but my kids opted to just carry the boxes and run around the house.

For more box craft check out our trips to France and Germany!

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