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Hajj resources for kids

Hajj is fast approaching and once again we need to to explain to the Little Muslims what it’s all about.

There are a few good books out there that will help, and of course there’s YouTube videos of Makkah and Madina, as well as some lovely nasheeds.

Here are some books in our collection, and I hope to add more soon in sha Allah. If you know of any great Hajj books, please do let me know 🙂 – Razeena

 

 

 

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Titles in the picture

Going to Mecca

Lovely lyrical explanation of the all the steps of Hajj

Noor Kids go to Hajj

Simple comic style story explaining the basic concepts of Hajj

Hamza Learns about Hajj

Another simple and cute explanation of the basics of Hajj

Zayd Visits the two Holy Cities

In this book, Zayd goes for Umrah with his family. It is a good explanation of all the various rites as well a bit of background on all the special areas in and around Makkah.

A Little Tree Goes for Hajj e-book

A cute, simple tale about a tree that longs to go for Hajj.

The Story of Ibrahim AS

The story of Hajj cannot be complete without an explanation about Ibrahim AS. This book is a good, thorough explanation of Ibrahim AS for ages 6+.

How Ibrahim Came to Know Allah

A simple story introducing children to the Prophet Ibrahim AS.

Colours of Islam (The Story of Ibrahim)

One of the poems in this collection is The Story of Ibrahim – another good introduction to who he is.

The Story of the Elephant

Not a Hajj book, but it does mention Ibrahim’s AS du’a to Allah to protect the Ka’ba, and the beautiful pop-up Ka’aba is a great visual learning tool for kids.

Allah Loves Me (lesson on Hajj and Eid al Adha)

An introduction for KG kids on Hajj and Eid al Adha.

 

 

Other books not in the picture

The Perfect Gift

Zaahir and Jamel the Camel HAJJ

Hajj Harmonies

My Book of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha

Makkah and Madinah Activity Book

 

YouTube Videos

Adam’s World 04 Take me to the Kaba

Here we come Allah – Dawud Wharnsby

 

Haa is for Hajj (Zaky)

The Hajj (Zain Bhikha)

Eid Al Adha Nasheed – Dawud Wharnsby

The Story of ZamZam

 

Other resources

Fabulous lap books from Iman’s Homeschool

For crafts, countdown calendars, ideas for giveaways, and so, so much more take a look at these posts –

Hajj for Kids – 10 Activities to Learn about Hajj on Productive Muslim
29 + Ideas for Hajj at home on Modest Munchies

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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

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.

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!

Read On…

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.

Mixed Media Mosque Art

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.

Faatimah and Ahmed - Puppets

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.

Make a Puzzle - with a colouring page

 

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

 

 

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