Ramadan Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is so easy and quick to make. It is a great addition to your Ramadan decorations and is a fun way to get you children excited about the blessed month.

We fill our advent calendar with halal sweets, and allow the children to open them up just before we go to our daily Ramadan class. You could also put a little note inside, indicating a new activity or game that you will be doing that day, or even a little toy.

If you don’t want to make the envelopes, you can buy them premade, and just decorate them. Its super easy, so why not give it a go!

Materials

  • String/Ribbon
  • 3 sheets of good-quality gift wrap
  • Number stickers
  • 30 clothes pegs
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • FREE TEMPLATE
  • Goodies to put inside!
Make  a Ramadan Advent Calendar

How to make it

  1. Using your FREE TEMPLATE, draw the outline of the envelope on the back of a sheet of gift wrap. You will need to draw the around the template 10 times on each sheet.
  2.  Cut out the envelope outlines. You should have 30 in all.
  3. Fold the envelopes and apply glue to the tabs to hold them in place.
  4. Stick number stickers on the front of the envelopes.
  5. Fill envelopes with ‘goodies.’
  6. Hang string and attach envelopes with clothes pegs. 

ENJOY! Have fun with it!

You can use any color gift wrap, coloured paper or stickers to create the look you want.

Give it a try! I would love to see how you’ve decorated yours.
Please share your photos with me and my followers on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Islamic Calendar for Children

Children’s Islamic Calendar


We love using an Islamic calendar in our homeschool. Teaching the Islamic months is an important part of any Muslim homeschool, and we use ours during “Calendar Time” in the morning.

I have been looking online for an interactive calendar for the
kids with inter-changeable Islamic months, lunar cycle and prayer times. 

However after many
months of searching, I couldn’t find anything that I felt was suitable. So I
decided to make my own and share it with you! 

It includes days, Islamic months,
Year (AH), the lunar phase and the 5 prayers times

It is so easy to make! You definitely
don’t need to be ‘crafty.’

We use this calendar as part of our ‘calendar time’ in our
homeschool day. After Quranic memorisation in the morning, the children work on
this calendar and their Gregorian calendar. 

It is a great way to introduce small
kids to the Islamic months
, the lunar phases and prayer times, as well early
years numeracy. We use it to discuss the significance of certain months in Islam, as well as a countdown to Ramadan!

Below are the instructions for how to make your own Islamic
Calendar including a FREE download 
I would love to see how yours look and how you decorate
them. Please share you pics on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag
#MyIslamicCalendar, or leave a link in the comments below.

My Islamic Calendar

Materials Needed:

  • A3 coloured card (1 sheet) – I used navy blue to match my
    Gregorian calendar
  • Laminator and laminating pouches
  • Patterned ribbon or card (optional)
  • Strong adhesive glue
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • FREE Printable Pages. Click HERE to download.
  • Coloured card (two different colours) – for the hands of the
    clocks
  • Paper fasteners (x5)
  • Velcro/Hook & Loop self-adhesive dots (13mm)
  • Small pin
  1. Cut and glue the patterned ribbon or card around
    the edge of the A3 card to make a decorative border (optional). 
  2. Cut out everything from the Free Printable Pages
  3. Arrange the cut-outs on the A3 card.
  4. Using your glue stick, glue on the ‘My Islamic
    Calendar’, ‘Date’, ‘Month’, ‘Year’, ‘Lunar Phase’, ‘Fajr’, ‘Dhuhr’, ‘Asr’, ‘Maghrib’,
    ‘Isha’ tabs.
  5. Laminate the remaining cut-outs.
  6. Using your strong adhesive glue, glue the blank
    white rectangles/squares that you have laminated onto the A3 card. These will
    act as a background to each inter-changeable section. Leave to dry according to your
    glue’s instructions. My glue required me to leave for 24h.
  7. Stick the Velcro dots onto the back of the
    numbers, months, years, lunar phases. Stick the Velcro dots onto the front of
    the blank laminated rectangles/squares on your calendar. Note: you will need
    two Velcro dots in the ‘date’ section, and one in the other sections.
  8. Now its time to work on the clocks. Using your
    coloured card, cut out 5 long clock hands in one colour, and 5 short clock
    hands in another colour.
  9. Position the clock faces on the A3 card below
    each prayer name. Using a pin, pierce a hole in the centre of each clock face,
    and through into the card below. Thread the clock hands onto the paper fastener.
    Then use your this paper fastener, to go through the small holes, securing the clock
    to the card.
Your calendar should now be ready
to use!
The calendar in this download has straight title text. After playing around with it, I felt it looked better. However, if you would prefer ‘My Islamic Calendar’ to be curved, please leave me a comment below, and I will upload another printable insha’Allah.
We keep all our extra pieces in envelopes next to the calendar; one envelope for the numbers and lunar phases (things that change frequently) and one envelope for the months and years. By keeping them in two envelopes, it makes it easier for the kids to find what they need. You could also use little baskets or attach separate pouches to the calendar itself.
I would love to see how yours look and how you decorate
them. Please share you pics on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag
#MyIslamicCalendar, or leave a link in the comments below.
Please remember us in your duaas,
Peace and Love x

Making an alphabet caterpillar

This homeschooling activity was inspired by the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. This preschool activity helps with letter recognition, putting the letters in the correct order, sequencing, as well as letting the lil’ ones be creative and have some fun.

Alphabet Caterpillar
Alphabet Caterpillar

How to Make An Alphabet Caterpillar

Begin by having you child draw around a circular object, like a cup, to create at least 27 circles. We used lots of different coloured paper, to make it more interesting.

Tracing a circle
Tracing around a cup

Then either cut the circles out yourself, or let him/her have a go. In my case I did most of the cutting myself as Dino-boy is still a little young.

Next ask you child you put glue the circles down in a particular order (Blue, green, red, blue, green, red etc.). I was amazed at how excited Dino-boy got by this exercise. It was wonderful to see.

Gluing the circles in a sequence
Adding the eyes

Then draw on /stick on the eyes. We had some foam eyes left over from another craft pack, so we used them. It gave our caterpillar a rather menacing  look!

Then I asked Dino-boy to stick some alphabet stickers onto the caterpillar’s body, in order. In hindsight, it may have worked better if the stickers were stick on first, before each circle was glued down. However, both achieve the same learning outcome. If you child is older, you cold have them write out the letters on each circle.

Sticking on the letters…
Next, we drew on the legs. Technically a caterpillar has only 6 legs, so I guess ours is more like a millipede!
Draw on the legs…
Our Very Hungry MILLIPEDE!
Then we added some grass and a sun, and got a bit creative! 
Peace and Love 

Teaching the Arabic Alphabet to Preschool Children

Teaching the Arabic alphabet to Muslim children in the West is often done after the English alphabet, as a second language. Despite this, there are so many way we have found to make learning Arabic fun and enjoyable for your preschoolers. Below I have listed my favorite resources and activities to help all Muslim kids learn the Arabic alphabet and have fun doing it. These recommendations are primarily for young children (under 4s) but could be used for any child new to the language.

Arabic for preschoolers
  1. Montessori cards

As I was beginning to discover the Montessori method of education  and browsing through the plethora of information online, I stumbled across a great website, ‘Noor Janan Homeschool’. In amongst her free printables, I found these lovely Arabic Letter Cards. After printing and laminating them, we have used them a multitude of ways. I ask Dino boy to name the letter, or to pair with matching letter, put them in order or we play a memory game with them.

Arabic Montessori Cards

  1.     Playdough

On the same website (Noor Janan Homeschool) there are Arabic playdough cards, where you  mould the playdough into the shape of the letter on the card. Dino boy was not interested in these, so after laminating them, we now use them as colouring in sheets, and simply wipe clean after. As he is colouring in, we talk about the letter, its sound, words that begin with this letter or what its shape reminds us of.

Playdough Arabic Letters
  1. Telling a story

I came across this method on Youtube on the safida34 channel where you tell a story with the letter. For example with Ba, Ta and Tha:
“Ba, Ta and Tha are three boats. One sunny day, they decided to go out on the seas and catch some fish. Ba was not a very good fishing boat, and he left his fish in the water (Where the fish are representing the dots on the letters). Ta did very well mashAllah and caught two fish and Tha, who had the longest fishing rod (sticking your tongue out to make the sound of the letter) caught three fish.”

  1. Puzzles

We have been fortunate to receive a few puzzles, wooden and card, of the Arabic letters. These are available from amazon and many Islamic bookstores. I use these when I want to kids to do some Arabic, but they are not in the mood for anything ‘heavy.’

Arabic alphabet puzzle

  1. Islamic Playground

This website Islamic Playground is a recent discovery of mine. Although I do try to limit screen time for my kids, there are occasions when they deserve a treat! There are two lovely games on this site
–          Drag and match game where the player has to match the letters and as they do it the letters sound is played.
–          A journey through the Arabic alphabet. The player has to walk along the letter and as they reach an obstacle on the path they will be asked an ‘Islamic’ question to get past. Although this one does require mum or dad’s help, it is well worth it.

  1. Painting

Sometimes the simplest things work the best! Either write out the letters yourself, or ask you child to, and then paint them . Simple but it holds their concentration!

  1. Workbook

The website  rahmahmuslimhomeschool  has a wonderful workbook for ages 3+ to help your child recognise and begin writing the letters. Dinoboy LOVES this. I’ve put it in a ‘grown-up’ folder for him which only adds to his excitement!

Arabic alphabet workbook



8. Youtube
There are many songs and videos on Youtube to help you child become more familiar with the sounds and shapes of the letters. These are our favourites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI3oBB_n1AU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dQ3lizkjuE
The main thing that I always need to remind myself of is, that at this young age, it should be fun. Make it light, frivolous, smile and make happy memories!

Teach your children Arabic

I would love to hear how you have taught your little ones the Arabic alphabet. Please leave a comment in the box below.
Please remember us in your duaas.
Peace and Love.

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