Teaching the Arabic alphabet to kids 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 preschool kids.

Below I have listed my favorite resources and activities to help 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 alphabet for kids. Activites, games, books and resources.

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1 Arabic Alphabet 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.      Learn Arabic with 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. Tell your kids 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.”

4. Arabic Alphabet Puzzles for kids

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

5. Online Resources for kids

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.

6. Painting Activities

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!

7. Arabic Alphabet Workbook

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

Arabic alphabet workbook

8. Learn Arabic with Youtube Videos 

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:

Arabic Alphabet Nasheed

Arabic Alphabet with Zakih

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!

Arabic for preschoolers

Do you like to bake? Check out my Easy Arabic Alphabet Cupcakes HERE!

I would love to hear how you have taught your little ones the Arabic alphabet. Please leave your comment in the box below.

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10 Comments on Teach the Arabic Alphabet to Preschool Kids

  1. Umm Ruqaiya
    17/07/2017 at 4:10 am (7 years ago)

    JazakILLAHU khair for sharing the beneficial resources 🙂

    • Gemma Somauroo
      24/07/2017 at 10:53 pm (7 years ago)

      JazakAllah khayr Umm Ruqaiya! Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Much love – Gemma

  2. Mabs
    26/02/2018 at 7:41 am (6 years ago)

    Marshahallah sister very good and your 100%right to make Arabic fun for the kids, keep the good work up

  3. Ajnabi
    26/02/2018 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    Marshahallah sister very good and your 100%right to make Arabic fun for the kids, keep the good work up

  4. Sahar Abed ELAZIZ
    25/03/2018 at 1:45 pm (6 years ago)

    thank you very much these ways for learning Arabic Alphapet is good for children and for teacher but please I want now How to use my Montessori child for Arabic observation

  5. ayu fatma
    02/05/2018 at 5:26 am (6 years ago)

    Assalamualaikum .
    SubhanAllah Thanks for sharing great idea . Caused i used only Iqra 1 – 6 now after i see nd read ur blog realy help me to teach my daughter.

  6. lana
    22/08/2019 at 11:09 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you for that fantastic ideas. I was really at lose on how to make it fun to them and this really helped. I recently discovered Adam wa Mishmish on YouTube it’s fabulous and my kids enjoy it.

    • Dr Gemma
      24/10/2020 at 3:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the tip Iana! ?

  7. alimaa
    24/10/2020 at 3:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Assalamu Alsheik,
    Shukran sister very good advise, may Allah bless you keep the good work

    • Dr Gemma
      24/10/2020 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Walaykum assalaam. Ameen. Thank you Alimaa


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