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9 DIY Bookmark ideas

If you love reading, this post is for you. I’ve put together 9 bookmark ideas you can make yourself, or better yet get your little Muslims involved. It can be a great way to encourage reading.

9 DIY Bookmark Ideas

  1. Ribbon button bookmarks

If you have some basic sewing skills, these are adorable.

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Instructions and image credit

http://mybusybeehives.blogspot.fr/2013/03/basic-sewing-skills-ribbon-bookmark.html

 

  1. Monster corner bookmarks

These monster corner bookmarks are so popular and I can see kids have some real fun with it.

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Instructions and image credit

http://tallystreasury.com/2011/02/corner-page-bookmarks-3/

 

  1. Paper clip bookmarks

Paper clip bookmarks are all the rage on Pinterest. They can be used in many different ways. You can thread ribbon through the tops, stick on buttons or pom poms or thread through washi tape (image below). In fact, they’re so easy, it took less than 5 minutes to make this lot.

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  1. Paint Chip Bookmarks

These paint chip bookmarks look so cute and are fairly straightforward. Just pick up some paint chips from a hardware or paint store, punch a whole through the top and thread through some ribbon. Make sure you get your kids to pick out their favourite colours.

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Instructions and photo credit

http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/paint-chip-craze/

 

  1. Popsicle Stick Button Bookmarks

Popsicle sticks, glue and some buttons are all it takes to get these together.

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  1. Magnetic bookmarks

 

This is a really nifty idea to hold your page neatly and securely. You’ll never have to worry about your bookmark falling out, the magnets make sure of that.

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Instructions and Photo credit

http://www.modestmunchies.com/diy-magnetic-bookmarks

 

  1. Origami bookmarks

If your child loves origami, these would be perfect.

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Instructions and photo credit

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/cuteness-alert-more-kitten-origami.html

 

  1. Folded Bookmark

While we’re on the topic of folding, why not give these a go. These won’t require the intricate detail it takes to fold origami style but still enjoyable folding all the same.folded bookmarks

 

Instructions and Photo Credit

http://krokotak.com/2014/02/a-bookmark-in-the-colours-of-baba-marta/

 

  1. Monster Nose Bookmark

Last but definitely not least, are these adorable monster nose bookmarks, we couldn’t help making our own. Cut a long nose onto a strip of card, place on eyes (we used buttons), punch through wholes and thread through pipe cleaner hair. A cute idea that was so much fun to make.

 

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I found this idea on Pinterest (link to https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121597258665881107/

Little Acts of Kindness

Another piece by Qudsiyah Remtulla with her lovely infographics included.

Check out her Facebook page,  The Visual Age. I asked her to tell us a little about herself and this is what she said – “I have a passion to change the tradition all text learning systems and introduce something more effective; contemporary and interactive. Using infographics is a way for me to do that as well as explore my self taught designing potential. I look to make a difference some where by the use of design.”

 

Recently I spent a morning with my nephews talking about kindness and good character. During that session, we related kindness to how Allah is so very very kind to us, and therefore we should be kind to one another for Allah’s pleasure. Being good with one another results into the purity of the heart, and who wouldn’t like that?

We came up with a list of little acts of kindness that we all can do – showing that kindness doesn’t have to involve big things but just a smile can suffice – because to us it may seem small, but Allah loves small acts as well. We decided to write a few inspirational quotes on paper and hand them out to strangers on the street – instilling within them that it’s important to treat every person with kindness.

I also added to their list of tools a calendar with all the little acts of kindness we can do each day.

See the images below… Click, save and print.

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Comment below with your experiences and ideas 🙂

Be Like the BEE

Written and designed by Qudsiya Remtulla of  The Visual Age. I asked her to tell us a little about herself and this is what she said – “I have a passion to change the tradition all text learning systems and introduce something more effective; contemporary and interactive. Using infographics is a way for me to do that as well as explore my self taught designing potential. I look to make a difference some where by the use of design.”

 

I love curiosity in human beings; and even more so in little children. I spent the evening with my nephews (7 and 4), watching the clouds move in a mesmerizing motion across the sky, observing at how the little black birds float in the open air and discussing the Absolutely Amazing Creator that brought it all to being.

Whilst we were at it, the little ones kept digging into their curious minds for questions as I tried to quench their thirst for knowledge. One of their questions was, “Why did Allah create little insects? What about bees? What do they do with their lives?” – a valid question with a touch of innocence.

We brainstormed on the possibilities of their creation just to challenge our brains and the older one came up with something profound. He said, “Maybe they have been created for us to study their lives and learn something from them.” Turns out, there’s quite a bit we can learn from the lives of bees.

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A simple Google search allowed us to find all the verses in the Qur’an about bees and there are many other interesting facts about them elsewhere.

Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid

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Zayneb from ZedandQ is someone I met not too long ago and we immediately found so many interests and passions we had in common! One such passion was a desire to bring great quality products for Muslim kids into existence. I am SO excited to see her dream and hard work come to life. I have watched this project grow and grow, with keen interest, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of her book, “Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid”.

It’s always great to hear the background of how and why people do what they do, so I asked her to share with us what made her start this, and of course, details about her book.

Here it is…

As a child growing up, Ramadan and Eid was a very special time for me. As I sit here typing away, I reminisce about the large family iftars, my father’s Qur’an recitation, the morning kisses from loved ones on Eid, and of course, the presents!  Traditionally, a few nights before Eid we would always bake ma’mool and sweets and decorate the garage.

Now, having 1 step daughter and 6 nieces and nephews, the tradition continues. We not only bake sweets and decorate the garage, but also make cards and gifts. These children were the source of my inspiration behind ‘Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid’.

Being passionate about children, Islam and ‘thinking outside the box’, I wanted to create something which helps children understand Islam, in a unique and captivating way. This book is all about inspiring children’s imaginations while having fun seeking Islamic knowledge.

It encourages parents and children to get creative making recyclable crafts such as:  flourishing deeds tree and cookbooks to spectacular gift ideas and Eid decor.  Perfect for children 6 years +, this book provides practical and easy step by step instructions with colourful photos for anyone ready to create the perfect masterpiece!

To help celebrate our launch we have released a new craft on the blog, Alphabet Fishing! A fun and interactive activity which helps children learn the Arabic alphabet. The more hands you have helping you, the quicker it’ll be for you to start fishing.

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Craft it up this Ramadan and Eid can be purchased here;  http://www.zedandq.com/products/craft-it-up-this-ramadan-and-eid

Thank you Zayneb! Be sure to try out the Alphabet fishing – I know I will be as soon I can. And order your book in time for Ramadan 🙂 Razeena

Answering the big questions


No-one can deny it, raising kids is hard! First it’s the sleepless nights, then the teething, and eventually, the why’s and how’s of absolutely everything! Some questions are easy, “Why do we do salah?” and some questions aren’t “How big is Allah?” but curious little minds need answers just as thoughtful as their questions. Sometimes the easy answers aren’t enough.

As adults, it’s hard not to become uncomfortable by questions that we just don’t ask, but kids don’t have the same inhibitions. Part of a parents job is to be able to stay cool when the tough questions come along. “OMG you can’t ask that!” you might think when your child asks what Allah looks like, but resist the urge and look for an answer that respects their curiosity and intelligence. We’re teaching our kids to be confident, knowledge seeking Muslims, Muslims who know and understand what they believe in, and don’t just believe because that’s what their parents do. The only way to give them that sense of surety, is to teach them that there is an answer to their question, it may not be what you think, but it is an answer none the less.

One thing I decided early on in motherhood, was that it’s perfectly ok to be honest, an “I don’t know, but let’s find out together.” goes a lot further than a white lie or a stock answer. I believe saying “I don’t know” and “we can’t know” fosters curiosity and a love of learning, it empowers kids by allowing them to see you as human, and to see that you’re learning about life just as they are, it teaches them that it’s good to seek knowledge and that it’s ok not to have the answers, in fact, it’s ok for there not to be answers!

Need help answering some of the hard questions? I’ve written two books with the answers I gave to my kids, in order to help you answer yours (and even learn some scientific facts along the way). Read READ Little Muslims’ review about How Big Is Allah? and the review of How Does Allah Look? and get your copy from my website emmaapple.com

 

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Book Review – My Granny

My Granny

Author – Fatimah-Zahra Kennedy
Illustrator – Rahima Begum
Publisher – JBK Books
Paperback 35 pages

 

My Granny is written by 9 (now 10) year old Fatima-Zahra Kennedy based on her own relationship with her very special granny who isn’t Muslim. It is a warm, beautifully written, innocent story that takes you into the very heart of their relationship.

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It is a FANTASTIC effort by a very articulate young woman and (I’m quite sure) her VERY special mum!

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Fatimah-Zahra Kennedy explains to us in expressive detail what she loves about her granny and how special she is. She tells us about her grandad, aunty and cousins and how special they all are to her. The illustrations complement the innocence of the book perfectly and the du’a that is made for Granny at the end can move you to tears.FullSizeRender

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This is a very special book for families with mixed religions as well as all-Muslim families. It highlights the beautiful message of love and kinship and highlights the true essence of peace and tolerance that Islam teaches.

All grannies are incredibly special this book helps us appreciate and value them!

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The book is available for purchase from Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Book Reviews – Future Ummah Publishing

I recently made contact with a publishing company all the way in Sweden and they were kind enough to send me copies of the books they have currently.

Leila and Aisha’a journey through the Arabic Alphabet, a colouring book, and Kalimati -al-Oola a board book in Arabic.

The colouring book has 55 pages – each letter of the alphabet with a space to practice writing it, and a corresponding colouring page.

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The Arabic words book is a sturdy board book that introduces children (and parents like me!) to some basic Arabic words. This is a great quality, colourful book that will be a perfect addition to any first board books that you may have for very young children. With rounded edges and durable pages, its great for young children and also introduces them to the Arabic alphabet.

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For more information including where to purchase, visit Future Ummah Publishing.

Tips to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

This piece was written by Umm Nusaybah, a stay at home mum to three beautiful blessings. She is an ardent reader and enthusiast of childrens literature and aspiring author. These handy tips will help any reluctant reader develop a stronger connection to books and reading. 

Tips to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

1. Let them be boss!

No two children are the same, and their interests vary immensely. Let them choose what they want to read. Don’t worry too much about what they pick initially (within reason) there’s always that one place to start which creates stepping stones to making reading fun!

2. Create opportunities for ‘ accidental’ reading

Some children might find the sit down and read time a bit daunting, especially if they are not fluent readers. Creating opportunities for reading whether it is the menu at a restaurant or the directions to board games or even being a co- pilot in the car by helping you read street names to find your way around.

3. Pair up

Team up with like minded families and form a book club where children can model good reading habits to each other and at the same time enhance their reading experience by sharing their thoughts along the way. This will also provide parents an opportunity to give their input on various topics relevant to the book of choice in a fun relaxed atmosphere.

4. Be a role model

We all know as parents, children do as they see not as they’re told. So if you want them to pick up a book and read, make sure you are doing the same too!

5. Think outside the box

Go on a second hand books scavenger hunt! Hit the op shops or garage sales in your area. Make it an outing exclusively with your child. Who knows you might find hidden gems from your childhood that you can share with your child.

6. Make reading a pleasurable experience

Audiobooks are an invaluable resource to encourage active listening and critical thinking skills, which are both necessary for reading and comprehension. If you can find one with a copy of the book, that’s even better. Listen in the car or during quiet time at home, the sound effects and narrations bring books to life.

7 . Create a reading nook

Choose a space in your home with ample natural light and minimal distractions and involve your child in transforming it into a cozy reading nook. Adding pillows, beanbags, low lying bookshelves or other items can help them get away from the desk and get comfortable reading!

8. Connect them to books

Show them that books can be a means of learning a new skill or just be plain old silly. Does your child like to get creative in the art corner? Then introduce them to books with step-by-step instructions on creating childhood masterpieces. Do they have a silly sense of humor? Tell them a joke or riddle and then pull out the book you got it from and take turns making each other laugh.

9. Family Reading Night

We’ve all heard of a family movie night, but why not put a spin on it and make it a family reading night? Pick a book or series that you will all enjoy, cook up some nibbles and sit down and read together. No matter what his or her age, everyone enjoys listening to a story!

10. Create Incentives

If your kids are big on screen time, take them to the on-screen adaptation of a children’s classic once they’ve finished reading it.

Please feel free share your tips on how you inculcate the love of reading in your household.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

This book review was kindly provided by Sumaira Zaheer, The Muslimah Mommy. A passionate blogger and mum to three young children, her motto is Peace, Positivity, Prayer. She has been a great supporter of Read Little Muslims, from the beginning, and for that I’d like say a huge thank you! You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Book Title: Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colours
Author:Hena Khan
Illustratrator: Mehrdokht Amini

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Book Description:

“Magnificently capturing the colourful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.”

 

Book Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my children, and my children had a great time listening to me read to them! We all were excited over the images, as they were bright and colourful and full of so much detail; in fact, the picture of the dates looked so real!

My 7 year old daughter loved the book the most; she was pleased to see many descriptive words- something she is learning about at school.

This book is an excellent way to introduce the Islamic religion to both young Muslims and non-Muslims who are curious to know more about Islam.

 

Islamic Lessons Mentioned In The Book:

There were many Islamic concepts mentioned on throughout this book, such as praying five times a day while facing Mecca, Allah, the Mosque, and the holy Quran.

The main character also describes the hijab her mom wears and the kufi her grandpa wears, thus referencing the way some Muslims dress.

Ramadan was also mentioned, more specifically the dates eaten during Ramadan, henna during Eid, Eid gifts, and giving Zakat to the poor.

 

To end the book, there is a glossary that goes over the Islamic terms within the book.

 

My favorite part of the book, was the last sentence:

“All of the colourful things we’ve seen make up the world of my faith, my deen.”

Let kids be kids, let there be mess and let it go

Zanib Mian is the founder of Sweet Apple Publishers and author of a number of popular picture books. Her latest book, releasing in June insha Allah, is called It Must Have Been You.

She has kindly written this reminder for us, which also serves as a prelude to her new book.

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Note: This isn’t the Frozen let it go, well maybe it is…

She had just spent a long and hard day at work, picked up the kids from school, brought them home, fed them, cleaned up, cooked dinner and took the laundry off the line. Finally, she put her aching feet up with a well-deserved cup of tea, when her eldest came complaining about what the little one has done. She goes to investigate and finds the clean laundry all over the living room; from trousers on the table and blouses on the bookshelf, to socks on the sofa and leggings on the lamps. Her two year old shoots her the happiest smile; unquestionably proud of his handiwork. But to her, this is not cute. She immediately begins to yell about how naughty the child has been.
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In another scenario, a father is at home on his day off from work. He feels it’s a very well-deserved day off. He is looking forward to some peaceful time with the book he’s been meaning to read. He has only just read the first couple of paragraphs when clang clang clang! A most ear piercingly loud sound of metal banging against metal shatters the peace he had only just begun to enjoy. He shoots up from his arm chair with an instant will to make it stop and punish the culprit. Upon locating the culprit—who is now looking guiltily towards the storming six foot tall heat approaching—he snatches the two pot lids from his child’s hands while simultaneously yelling about how naughty the child has been.

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All too familiar? We can all narrate countless similar situations, where our children have done things to frustrate us and the immediate effect has been yelling and punishing.

There are many things common in both scenarios. Let’s focus on the following two: (a) the parent feels their moment of rest (or attention towards a task) is well-deserved and (b) there is yelling about how naughty the child has been. Remember these, I will come back to them.

Let’s look at both scenarios now from the child’s point of view.

A child spots that wonderful basket of fresh, fluffy, wonderful smelling clothes in the living room. The one his mum always shoos him away from. Since Mum is nowhere in sight, the child takes a closer look. He thinks it’s a most exciting pile of clothes; soft and colourful. Then he discovers that throwing one of the items out of the basket is rather fun. So he throws them all one at a time, experiencing extreme pleasure at the sight and touch of each one. He even learns something about the physical laws of air resistance. That was so much fun that the child decides to continue by throwing the laundry now as far as possible. At times running up to an item of furniture to throw it there. Just then his mother comes in and he lets her know how excited he is by this new experience by smiling at her. But she is cross. Very cross.

The second child is home. He is bored; there is nothing to do. No nursery today. It’s rather quiet. He decides to entertain himself. He looks inside the kitchen cupboard. A nice shiny thing catches his eye. He picks it up and discovers that it feels cold and he can hold it easily by the handle. Then he notices there are two of them. He picks the other one up too. He clangs them together. A loud exciting noise is created! He loves it. That’s better! He does it again, and again. He even learns something about the properties of different materials. Just then his father comes storming in and looking extremely angry. The child doesn’t know why.

Most of the time we forget to put ourselves in the child’s shoes. The above may have given us some perspective about how the child is simply driven by innate curiosity. A healthy curiosity which is highly encouraged by developmental psychologists. A simple Google search will pull up many articles showing you how to inspire curiosity in your child. But the thing is, we don’t need to create fancy situations to do this. It’s already there, firmly rooted in their very being. All we have to do, in a safe environment is; let kids be kids, let there be mess and let it go.

 

Why is it so hard?

Our busy, hectic lives cause us to often deal with situations impatiently. We feel we just don’t have the energy to put up with another mess. We want to make it stop and deal with it immediately. What is really at war with each other here are the parent’s impatience and the child’s curiousity.

Now remember (a) and (b) that were common in both situations and will probably be found in any situation you can think of. Let’s consider how they are linked, and how we can alter the dynamics between them positively. If we just stop in those moments and go back to our well-deserved rest, or book reading, or cooking, or working, it will slowly dawn on us that most of those situations are not too bad. It is simply a bit of mess. We do have the energy to deal with it. Perhaps we just didn’t in the very moment that it was discovered. So leave it for a while – it’s not the end of the world. We will especially feel that we have the energy if we haven’t used it up in shouting at the child and huffing and puffing about it. So if we remember that the child probably wasn’t being naughty, they were just being healthily curious, we won’t yell at them. We will save that energy, and more importantly we won’t knock our child’s confidence to explore and learn.

Needless to say, my point here isn’t to let your children wreak havoc and get away with everything. Just for us to stop and consider the larger picture. In the long term, we will feel calmer and our children more confident.

In an article in Psychologies, Emma Cook says: ‘curiosity compels us to connect with the world, reach out and test its boundaries, establish where they end and everything else begins. For children, curiosity is inextricably linked with physical exploration, touching, controlling, creating. It’s intensely pleasurable, a sensuous adventure that is rooted in discovery.’ I think this nicely sums up both why curiosity is so important and why it can sometimes lead to mess!

My new book It Must Have Been You is a fun little story which allows us to see some of these innocent messy situations from the child’s point of view, whilst alluding to the fact that we shouldn’t always be quick to react.

 

Zanib Mian is the author of My Dad’s Beard. Her new book It Must Have Been You is being released on June 1st 2015 InshaAllah. 

Below are some sneak peeks of this great-looking book!

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Learning the 99 names of Allah – Activity for Kids

 

Faiza Baig is the founder of IlmKids Place – a company that provides monthly boxes filled with learning activities, resources, ideas and inspiration all with an Islamic theme.

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“IlmKidsPlace is a du’a come true. Our foundation is built out of passion for encouraging lifelong learners. We design fun, hands on activities that help nurture curiosity and creativity in children. We believe that learning and growing happens all the time, whether in the kitchen, at the playground, or on a trip.  We emphasize learning Islam with fun and creative hands-on activities that build a love for seeking knowledge.  IlmKidsPlace wanted to simplify the process for parents and educators so that they can spend quality time exploring and learning.”

Faiza was kind enough to come up with a handy activity that can be used to help teach the 99 names of Allah to children. Those who follow us on Facebook and Instagram know that we are counting down the 99 names of Allah to Ramadan.

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Trying to teach the names of Allah to children can be a challenging task. It is difficult for the children to completely grasp and comprehend the meaning of Allah’s beautiful Names. An activity that can help children better learn the names of Allah is to associate the names with an image. For example, Al-Muhyi (Giver of life), an image of a small plant sprouting can make the abstract concept more concrete for the child. Further discussion about the names will help solidify the connection.

 

The following activity will give the child a better understanding of the names of Alllah as well as help he or she memorize the Name and meaning. This hands-on activity will also develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and enhance creativity.  A sample set of images are included with this activity that you may use as a starting point.

Instructions

1) Start by selecting 10 Names of  Allah

2) Study their meaning and looks for images that can be associated with them (Magazines, newspaper, online).

3) Cut out the images and glue them on a large sheet of paper

4) Talk about and reflect on the names and there meaning

5) Continue to work on more names as the child gets comfortable

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Use the images above as a starting point and then continue by finding your own. Involve your children in the process too and watch how this will make them appreciate and ponder on everything they come across.

 

More about IlmKids Place

“Our team includes highly educated professionals with a masters in education pursuing her doctorate in education, bachelors in psychology pursuing her doctorate in learning development.  Further, they have Montessori and developmental psychology training and have worked in a Montessori school and Islamic School settings.

Our advisory board includes experts in general and special education, psychology, art, nutrition and science to ensure we’re delivering appropriate and hands on projects. Our child development advisers review our activities to ensure they are appealing, enriching and authentic according to Quran and Sunnah. Our dedicated team hopes to bring delight in every box. We feel privileged to be given the opportunity from Allah to put a share in enriching the Ummah.”

IlmKids Place do ship worldwide. Contact them for options.

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

3 Times the FUN – with Colouring Pages

My friend Faaiza of Modest Munchies has helped me immensely through this READ Little Muslims journey. It is only fitting then, to have her as our very first GUEST BLOGGER!

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3 Times the Fun with colouring pages

 

Salaam,

My name is Faaiza and I blog at Modest Munchies , a food and baking blog. As a mum and teacher, it has also become an outlet for me to share some kids crafts and activities that I do with my son.

Today, I am here to tell you that colouring pages can be so much more than just a colouring activity. We all know them, we love them and they’re a great way to keep kids occupied. After a while colouring in can become boring, especially when all you do is colour. My 4 year old is at this stage now.

Using the Faatimah and Ahmed free activity book  as inspiration, I’ve put together a 3 crafts you can do with colouring in pages that go beyond just colouring. Try these with your kids for something a little more involved and fun.

 

  1. Make a mixed media art piece:

This one is fun, and can really get kids unleashing their creative side

 

You’ll need:

-a colouring in page

-glue

-pieces of mutli coloured/textured paper

-craft supplies (think buttons, ribbon, popsicle sticks, you don’t even need to buy anything, go into the yard and get sticks and leaves and anything else you can find)

-scissors

 

Give kids the glue, paper and supplies and let them go crazy, sticking and gluing and having fun.

 

Here are 2 we’ve done in the past:

A rainbow collage from the Faatimah and Ahmed free activity bookRainbow colouring in activity

and this mosque art landscape that was used in a Ramadan craft party  as well as a charity playdate.

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Tip: use colouring pages with bigger shapes for smaller children, this will be easier for their little hands.

 

  1. Make a puppet:

If your colouring pages contain people or even animals, you can easily turn them into little puppets.

 

You’ll need:

  • colouring in pages with drawings of people or animals
  • crayons or colour pencils
  • scissors
  • whole punch/ popsicle sticks

 

Colour in the drawing and cut it out along the edges. Punch holes where legs would go. Alternatively, you could glue a popsicle stick to the back of the each drawing.

 

Tip: ensure the wholes you punch are big enough for fingers to fit through. If using sticks, ensure the sticks are long enough to hold.

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These Faatimah and Ahmed puppets have already had a lego house built for them, they’ve met neighbouring puppets (Mr Square and Mrs Triangle) and they’ve been the motivation behind hours of imaginative play.

 

 

  1. Make a puzzle:

 

Use your colour in page to make a simple puzzle.

 

You’ll need:

  • colour in pages
  • crayons or colour pencils
  • marker
  • scissors
  • optional- laminator or card

 

Colour in the page as normal. Mark out curvy strips or shapes. Cut out the markings. Before marking and cutting you could stick some card to the back or laminate the puzzle to give it some longevity.

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The next time you’re stuck for ideas after doing some colouring in, I hope you’ll give these a go.

 

 

Inspiration can come from the simplest place

Often we can be inspired by something very simple and somewhat straightforward.

Children’s books are one of those things that seem simple, but can be very inspiring. There are many articles which mention some of the best children’s books quotes – from regular books.

This article published on muslimmatters.org highlights some inspiring quotes from Islamic Children’s books.

Take a look here – http://muslimmatters.org/2015/03/29/muslimkidsmatter-inspiring-quotes-from-islamic-childrens-books/

Books for VERY little Muslims

Bismillah

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

So i’ve taken to the task of compiling lists! After being repeatedly asked via Facebook for lists of books and recommended ages, I’m going to try to compile lists of some of my favourites.

Please note that the lists are not going to be conclusive – Obviously I don’t have access to ALL the books out there. If you know of something i’ve missed and you think its really great quality, let me know.

I’ll start with the easy one first and give you a list of board books for VERY little Muslims. I’ll try to provide links where to buy if possible. If you need any specific info, i’ll be happy to answer questions via Facebook or email – read@readlittlemuslims.com

 

Baby Look BookSweet Apple Publishers

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Sneak Peek – Lailah’s Lunchbox

When I first started researching about Islamic children’s books and wanted to read reviews of some of the books I had seen, I came across this page by Reem Faruqi. After exploring her site I realised that aside from being a talented photographer and children’s book enthusiast, she also had recently had snagged her first children’s book deal – Lailah’s Lunchbox! I immediately contacted her and have kept a watch on her Facebook page for impending news about her book.

She has just released the cover and has graciously agreed to answer some questions that we have for her.

I know there are many readers on the look out for new books, and there are also many aspiring authors who will be glad to know that with patience and perseverance, it’s all possible! Read on for more details about the author and the book!

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1. What is the book about? What ages does it target and what content can our readers expect to find in it?

When writing Lailah’s Lunchbox, I reflected on my earlier memories of moving to America.

Here’s my summary:When Lailah moves from Abu Dhabi to Peachtree City, Georgia, she realizes her best friends are miles away. She feels even more estranged when she realizes no one else is fasting with her at school. Adding to her dilemma is a note from her mother to her teacher, explaining why Lailah doesn’t have her lunchbox, and Lailah still hasn’t given her teacher the note. Her classmates simply think Lailah has forgotten her lunchbox…again. Will Lailah have the courage to tell her class about this special time for her?

Ages:
I used to teach 2nd grade, so I wrote this book targeting that age group, 7-8 and up. However, I read the story to my 4 year old and she really liked it too! Lea Lyon did such a beautiful job illustrating the story! I believe it will captivate even the little ones.


2. How did you go about getting published?


By trying and trying again! I did receive lots of rejections in the beginning, took a break, tried again, and it worked! I recommend sitting down with the “Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market” and circling publishers that stand out to you. I remember circling and highlighting Tilbury House Publishers, a publishing company that published diverse books, books that promote compassion. They stood out in my mind as the books they produced are beautiful! They matched the stories that I wanted to write or had written. That was one of the publishers that I sent my story to and they said yes to “Lailah’s Lunchbox!” To read my whole story, you can visit my site here: http://reemfaruqi.com/2014/07/20/lailahs-lunchbox-a-book-deal/

I also recommend reading a bunch of children’s books! Before I wrote a Ramadan story, I read and reviewed many Ramadan books here ( http://reemfaruqi.com/childrens-book-reviews-by-the-doodler/ ) and looked at what stood out to me. Many stories were about children fasting at home with their family waiting longingly for Iftar! I wanted a different take on a Ramadan story, so I set Lailah in a school setting and coping with the challenges there.

3. When will it be released and where will it be available?


The book will be out in June 2015, right before Ramadan! I’m really excited that Tilbury House Publishers worked to get the book done in time for Ramadan. It should be available on Amazon, the Tilbury site, and more!

 

At Read Little Muslims we are passionate about books for Little Muslims, and supporting Muslim authors. A huge congratulations to Reem Faruqi! We cannot wait to read this book, in sha Allah 🙂

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