It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!
We have our usual reminders plus,
- The last 2 weeks of updates will focus on ‘Eid insha’Allah
- Perfect and Worst ‘Eid Storyboards
- ‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard
- A catching activity and soap bubble game to keep them busy; ages toddlers and up
- I’tikaf activity pack to be posted later in the week insha’Allah
Count Down -— There are about 11-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.
Drink Water -— Keep making up for lost fluids by drinking plenty of water after breaking your fast! Remind your family members and friends too. Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.
Let Them Play —
Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:
We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast. – Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.
Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.
Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship
The Perfect ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets]
In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the perfect ‘Eid.
Then they will generate a list of du’aa to ask Allah’s help to achieve a good ‘Eid.
Go to the Perfect ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] page for this activity.
*(click image for close up view)
The Worst ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets]
In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the worst ‘Eid where things go wrong such as being late to the prayer.
Then they will generate a list of du’aa to ask Allah’s help to avoid an unpleasant ‘Eid.
Go to the Worst ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] page for this activity.
(click image for close up view)
‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard
How do you feel now that ‘Eid is almost here? Are you excited? Or, are you nervous? Do you have butterflies in your stomach because ‘Eid is near?
Use the storyboard to draw a picture of your what butterflies feel like. Then write about it on the lines provided.
Go to the ‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard page for this activity.
(click image for close up view)
Focus for the Fidgety: Catch a Falling Scarf
Old Scarf (or lightweight fabric or even paper towels)
Find a scarf that you don’t mind children playing with.
Toss it in the air. Have children catch it as it floats down.
Allow the child to experiment tossing and catching on his own.
A variation of this activity is to toss the scarf back and forth with a partner.
Help the child to find creative ways to catch the falling scarf such as jumping up to catch it, snatching it from the air, or letting it fall into her hands.
Try turning on a fan and letting the air blow the scarf around after you toss it. But take care that children do not play with the fan.
Attempting to catch a ball yet missing the catch can undermine the confidence of a small child. However, a scarf moves slower than a ball, allowing a child to learn how to catch moving objects. Catching a scarf builds competency. It is also entertaining and a great way to get in some exercise, especially when the weather keeps everyone indoors.
Source: Learning Games for Children*
Soap Bubble Contest
Give each child with a bubble pipe. Prepare two basins (or bottles) of soap suds for the game.
Divide children into two groups, an even number in each.
Stretch a cord or rope at a medium height across the middle of the room.
Two children, one from each side, play at a time.
Each stands on his side, blows the bubble from the pipe and blows it toward the opposite side, and over the rope if he can.
If the bubble goes over the rope without breaking, he has won one point for his side, if not, his side has lost.
Score is kept as each set plays. The side that has the most points, wins, and surely deserves a prize.
Glycerine in the soap solution helps the bubbles to last longer.
Source: Games for Everybody by May C. Hofmann (Project Gutenberg eBook)
Homemade Soap Bubble Solution Recipes
Homemade Bubble Solution
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Mix together and have fun!
Fancy Homemade Bubbles
1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon sugar
Mix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.
Easy Homemade Bubbles
1/2 cup dish soap
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons of sugar
Pour dish soap into a cup. Add the water then the sugar.
Gently stir your mixture. Avoid shaking or stirring bubbles too much.
Bubble Recipes: About.com
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