• Online activities & resources

    Online activities & resources


    Activities & Resources

We have collected a selection of activities for children, families and adults to help you dive in to the exciting world of Islamic art.  You can learn more about MIA and our collections through fun and engaging activities plus tips for personal research.

We will continue to add activities and build this page so keep coming back to see what’s new.  If you do an art activity or challenge, why not let us see it by sharing it on Instagram and tagging it #miaqatar or #MIALenoubda.

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Colouring, puzzles, spot the difference etc.

-    Download these files and cut out the shapes – make your own puzzle based on two of the tiles in MIA’s collection!  (square tile puzzle, large tile puzzle)
-    Spot the differences in these two paintings (spot the difference x 2)
-    Colour an earring from our Set in Stone exhibition (colour by number)
-    Do a wordsearch from our Syria Matters exhibition (word search eng arb)
-    Marvellous Creatures Exhibition colouring (KS! Colouring 2020)
-    Instagram dominoes video materials (MIA Dominoes)
-    Doha Architecture Dot-to-Dot (Architecture)

Online jigsaw puzzles:

-    Hamza Nama Folio CLICK HERE
-    Folio from the Shah Tahmasp Shahnama CLICK HERE
-    Diwan of Shir 'Ali Niva'i CLICK HERE
-    The Franchetti Tapestry CLICK HERE
-    The Rothschild Small Silk Carpet CLICK HERE
-    15th Century Nasrid (Spain) Textile CLICK HERE

Here are some art activities that you can try at home:

-    Create a tile using the cuerda seca technique (Cuerda Seca)
-    Create your own kaa’ba with this simple mathematical net  (Kaa’ba net)
-    (Paper) weave your own prayer rug (Ramadan paper weave)
-    Instgram Astrolabe video (Astrolabe Template)
-    Instagram Weaving video (Weaving)
-    Instagram 8 pointed star and pattern videos (video1, video2, video3)
-    Instagram 10 pointed star video (10 Star)
-    Instagram Blue Monkey video (Monkey)
-    Instagram Ramadan lantern video (Lantern)
-    Instagram Plaster Ramadan lantern video (Lantern)
-    Instagram Lino video (Lino)
-    Instagram Eid paper chains video (Steps, Templates)
-    Instagram Mono Printing video (Mono)
-    Instagram Eid glass painting video (Glass Painting)
-    *NEW* Instagram Ramadan Moon Sheet (Moon)

Maths, Literacy and Science

-    Maths for Years/Grades 2-3 from Set in Stone (Gemstone Maths)
-    Shahnameh Reading Comprehension for KS2 – British Curriculum (Shahnameh comprehension)
-    Choose a new book to read then write a book review? (my book review 2020)


Visit our Collections pages to learn more about objects in the MIA Collection. You can also explore our collection and take virtual tour of the museum at the Google Art Project.


There are other museums that have materials you may be interested in.  We can recommend:

The Metropolitan Museum, New York

For Children    https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/  - scroll up and to the left hand side to find the Islamic art objects – look for lots of carpets grouped together!
For Adults    https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art allows you to explore the broad subject of art history at leisure with essays, images and chronologies based on their extensive collection

Museum without Frontiers, the online museum

For Children    http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/learn/ A great interactive game.  Begin by clicking on one of 9 images to play.
For Adults    http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/pc_entrance.php  Discover Islamic Art home page with links to all sorts of useful information and their current online exhibition

Victoria & Albert Museum

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmaflrfppKNfq8uuZVZZxQg You Tube channel with a variety of videos (kids, check with your parents before you use YouTube)



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