I was over at a relative’s home recently and was intrigued by some cards (similar to flash cards) that my five-year-old nephew was looking at. These cards had graphic images on them to teach children the right and wrong way of doing things in Saudi Arabia, pertaining to health, culture, religion, safety, etc. Notice the X’s to the left and the checkmarks on the right indicating incorrect and acceptable behavior. These cards were passed down to this nephew from another branch of the family whose children had outgrown them, so I would say that the cards are about 25 years old.
The top card above depicts eating habits. The boy on the top left is refusing to eat the healthy foods being offered by his unhappy looking mother. The inset drawing in the circle on the top left shows an emaciated weakling of a boy that appears to be starving to death. The healthy boy on the top right is eating the foods that are good for him, and the inset picture shows a fit muscular boy. The bottom card (above) on the left illustrates the incorrect behavior of three boys who would rather play soccer than attend prayers at the mosque. To the right, the proper action shows boys praying together at the mosque.
Below I’ve posted another couple of photos with two more cards on each one. I found the graphic insets of what could/will happen as a result of the bad behaviors a bit amusing.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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