Summertime is the perfect time to create fun learning opportunities for your children. Making Islam fun for kids can seem like a daunting task, but here are 10 activities to help your children enjoy Islamic learning and the lovely summer weather at the same time!
And for the days when the weather doesn’t seem so inviting, there are some great indoor activities as well!
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Islam For Kids: All About Allah
Making Islam fun for kids begins with nurturing a love of Allah (SWT). These 3 interactive activities make a great a start:
99 Names Hunt
Print out the names of Allah from this website and stick them around your house or garden for your kids to find. Choose places that are clean and keep the the names off the ground. This can be a regular activity and you can focus on certain names each time you play.
To make the game a little more challenging for older children, try saying the English name and your child has to find the Arabic translation, or vice versa. This activity is perfect for opening a discussion about the many amazing qualities and attributes of their Creator.
Would you like some more 99 Names activities? Discover other ways to teach the 99 Names through play!
Related: How to Teach the 99 Names of Allah to Children
Allah Created… Nature Study
Go for nature walks and help your kids create their very own scrapbook of beautiful things Allah (SWT) has created. They can press flowers or leaves into their book, draw sketches of animals, go birdwatching or collect specimens of minibeasts! This bug catcher kit is loads of fun for little explorers!
Nature Study is a wonderfully interactive way to discuss the purpose and perfection of each thing Allah has created. Your kids will learn how different creations work together, such as when bees collect nectar from flowers! If you’d like to make Nature Study a regular part of your homeschool, check out these posts.
Related: Nature Study for Children
This activity is a beautiful way for your kids to develop their own personal connection with Allah (SWT). Using the feelings wheel, they can see Allah as their Lord Who is there for them when they are feeling sad, angry, sick or happy. This will create healthy discussions about emotions as well as reinforce their learning of Allah’s names and attributes.
Islam For Kids: Qur’an Study
Just because summer is here doesn’t mean the Qur’an lessons need to stop! Add some creativity to your Qur’an sessions with these activities:
Take It Outside
With the sun shining and the temperatures rising, it can be difficult to hold your kid’s attention during Qur’an lessons. So, pack a cosy blanket and a picnic and take it outside! This will be an exciting change for your kids and help them associate positive and happy memories with learning the Qur’an.
Get creative and pull out all the art supplies! Using this simple structure for Quran journaling, help your kids interact with the Qur’an and engage with it. The art supplies make this incredibly fun and your kids will learn that the Qur’an can teach and comfort them when they need it.
Related: Help you Children Memorise Quran FAST!
Islam For Kids: Salah Time
Use the summer weeks to help your kids focus on their salah and develop a healthy prayer habit!
Salah trackers are a brilliant way to help children become personally responsible for their own salah and celebrate their progress. Allowing your kids to be independent with their salah shows them you trust their own prayer journey. These trackers from Muslim Mommy are perfect to get you started!
Having a dedicated prayer space for their salah adds to the excitement for children. Fill their space with things they love that will help them feel positive and happy during every salah time. Plus, you can bond as you set up the space together! Help your children design their own salah posters and add comfy cushions to curl up with whilst they perform their post-salah adhkar (supplications). Check out this amazing Salah Space!
Islam For Kids: Stories of the Prophets
Studying the prophets is the perfect way to help children discover wonderful role models. With Muharram upon us, why not focus on the amazing stories about Musa (AS)?
Build A Boat
Stretch those S.T.E.M muscles and build a boat! Begin with the famous story of Musa’s mother placing him in a basket as a baby and floating him along the river. Use these ideas to build your own sturdy boat or basket. Then, if the weather allows, head to a lake, river or stream nearby and discover how sea-worthy your models are!
Red Sea Study
You can’t learn about the Prophet Musa (AS) without learning about the Red Sea. The story of Musa splitting the sea to escape from the evil Pharaoh has all the ingredients children need for an engaging story!
However, by studying the Red Sea you can help your children realise how true the story is. Knowing the sea really and truly exists will upgrade this story from exciting to mind-blowing for your children. Help your kids draw, colour or label their own map of the Red Sea. You could take this further and put together a geography presentation!
Seerah Story Time
Well, after all these activities your kids will be going to bed fulfilled, happy and oh-so-tired! Soothe them to sleep with a regular bedtime story of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Make sure you end on a cliffhanger each night! This will leave your kids eager for the next instalment the following night. Curl up in bed together and bond over the beautiful stories that fill the life of the final messenger. This book from Leila Azzam is a wonderful addition to any Islamic library for kids.
Share your summer!
I would love to see what you and your children get up to this summer! Tag @OurMuslimHomeschool on Instagram or Facebook and share your summer activities so we can all see what fun you’re having!