Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 30 – Aug 5, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders plus,

  • a how to write shape poem guide with printables,
  • a play activity involving toothpicks,
  • a toddler thru kindergarten paint activity Ramadhan

The last 2 weeks of Ramadhan updates will focus on ‘Eid insha’Allah.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 20-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

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Shape Poems —

Shape poems are great for beginner and advanced writers. They are a creative way for a student to express what she knows about a topic.

Shape poems can be a way for a bored child to pass the time. Or, they can be a useful research or review tool when teaching specific subjects, say Ramadhan.

Visit the Ramadhan-Themed Shape Poem {Tutorial} page for complete instructions, sample shape poems, and printable Ramadhan-related shapes.

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*Focus for Fidgeters: Toothpick Art and Play

Toothpick games are an awesome way to keep kids busy during Ramadhan or any other time. Either use blunt tipped toothpicks, or blunt the tip of round ones.

Visit the page, Toothpick Play for this Ramadhan Mom Survival Tip.

You’ll find instructions and even resources for crafts, math puzzles, and more.

Art & Activity: What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink?

This is an early literacy reading and art activity.

Young children ages toddler to elementary age can develop their narrative skills with this date themed activity that is appropriate for Ramadhan.

Visit the page, What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink? for the complete instructions.

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 23-29, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update although a bit later in the week than usual!

We have our usual reminders plus a new one for ‘Eid, a poem about Allah + activities, cute printable calendars, some toddler activities for Ramadhan, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 27-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

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Islam4Kids: Who is Allah —

During Ramadhan and at all times, we pray only to Allah and ask only Him for help. Here is a poem to teach children about Allah.

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create an Autobiography Storyboard Book
Visit the Autobiography Storyboard page for the complete instructions.

2. Write an Autobiographical Poem
Use this lesson plan (Teachervision: poetry lesson plan) as a guide to writing an autobiographical poem. Title the poem, “Allah Made Me”.

3. Create an “About” Foldable Cube
Print the poem. Have the child circle several items mentioned in the poem. This can be things Allah has made, things we can see, etc.

Then have the child find or draw pictures of  some of the items on the list (as long as they are not living beings).

Visit the All About Cube page to print the cube template and learn how to put the cube together.

4. Create an “Who Made Me” Foldable Cube
Using the above mentioned poem, have the child make a project reminding them that it is Allah who made them.

Visit the Foldable Standing Cube Activity: Who Is Allah page for complete instructions.


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[♦]  Printable Graphic Calendars

Maybe you need a small Ramadhan calendar for your work space, desk, or wall. We think you will love these!

One of the calendars even stands on a tabletop!

Visit the page, Printable Graphic Calendars to get your calendar.

[♦] Focus for Fidgeters

This is not so much of a craft as it is a Ramadhan survival tip.

It involves sculpting clay and excess energy.

Visit the page, Toys for Fidgeters: Clay Activity for all the instructions and printables.

[♦] Pocket Stars Activity and Craft

This is an early literacy game as well as an exercise activity.

Young children ages 0 to 5 can develop their narrative skills with this moon and star themed activity that is appropriate for Ramadhan.

Visit the page, Pocket Stars Activity for the complete instructions.

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #5 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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{Free Kindle Ebook 7/19 Only} Fasting from Alif to Yaa: A Day by Day Guide to Making the Most of Ramadhaan

Today is the first of free ebook giveaways by Taalib.com.

TODAY’S FREE TITLE:
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A Day by Day Guide to Making the Most of Ramadhaan

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Kindle must be installed is required in order to download the free book*.

You don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download the free Kindle app for your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, Android tablet, Kindle device.

NOTE: If you do not see your free book in the Kindle Reader after the free purchase, please sync your device then wait a few minutes. Inshallah eventually the title will show as available for reading.

*Kindle ebooks are not available in all countires.

InshAllaah after Ramadhaan our ebooks will additionally be available through the Apple store and the Barnes & Noble Nook store.

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 16-21, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders, moon phase mini book activity, reading and writing journals, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 4-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Does the Moon Shine?

This activity helps children to understand that the moon reflects light from the sun.

Download the printable (link below). Then help your child follow the directions. Grades: 1-3

Print the PDF version of this printable.

Materials
Moon Phases mini-book (see printable)
foil
flashlight
tape

Optional Activity Supplies
construction paper
yellow crayons
black watercolor paint

Important Tip: Young children (7 and under) are not able to understand the concept of the moon changing shapes.  So, activities such as demonstrating  the sun reflecting light on the moon may be inappropriate.

[♦] Tawheed for Older Children — 

This is a follow-up to part one, but this article is geared towards the older kids, ages 8-12.

Dr. Saleh As-Saleh explains the foundations of Islam, Emaan and Ihsaan,

It explains in clear and simple form the three types of Tawheed.

Download  Tawheed for Children Part 2  (pdf).

Youtube video of the Tawheed for Children audio.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Where is Allah —

Here is a poem to teach children about Allah.

Click to read . . . Where is Allaah?

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create Cotton Ball Sky Art
Begin with a blue, black, or purple piece of paper, or color paint a sheet of white paper one of these colors.

Using a light colored crayon, at the top write in bold letters “Allah is High Above the Sky.” Make a big arrow pointing to the top of the page.

The remainder of the art work is done below this title.

Next, have the child glue cotton balls onto the paper.

Have the child paint the cotton balls gray to make a stormy sky; pinkish-orange with a sunset for an evening sky; dark purple pink with a sunrise for a morning sky; or leave them white for a normal sky.

2. Write a Poem
Using the Ramadhan Don’t List Poem lesson plan as a guide, write a list poem. Make a list of things about the sky above, or about what they learned from the poem. Choose 1 word from the list and spell it out letter-by-letter on paper. Next, think of a kind word that begins with each letter.  For example, the word Sky becomes the following poem:

Allah, Above the Sky

Sends us rain
Knows what we do and say
Yellow He made the sun

Older children may want more of a writing challenge. So choose the list words accordingly.

3. Create a Storyboard
Download this Blank Printable Storyboard. Draw a picture about the sky, or above the sky (the solar system) and write a non-fictional story to go with it. Share it with the family.

4. Solar System Activities
FunSchool has a Space Activity Center with free online space games for kids, space crafts and recipes, and printables and coloring pages to help them learn about planets and the solar system.


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[♦]  Ramadhan Healthy Snack Maze —

This maze activity is designed to teach children about healthy eating during Ramadhan. Make the right choices to get out of the maze.

[♦] Creative Paper Doll Clothing —

Hopefully your young ones will love this boy and girl paper doll.

I took these wonderful paper dolls for a walk on the creative side.

I printed the paper dolls and their clothing on card stock to make them sturdy.

Then, I made the outer garment and head covering from scrapbook paper. Using the card stock clothing as a template, lay the template on the wrong side of some scrap book paper. Then trace around it and cut out.

I even used embellishments.

There are so many ways to be creative with this!

You will find the paper doll template here: Our Muslim Paper Dolls.

 


RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #5 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 8-14, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update! It’s late this week. Our apologies.

We have our usual reminders, moon phase mini book activity, reading and writing journals, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 7-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Minibook: Moon Phases —

This activity teaches children to identify moon phases.  

Download the printable. Then help your child follow the directions. Ages 7-10

Click Here to Print Activity

Activity Materials
Moon Phases mini-book printable (link above)
yellow and black crayons
water, salt
brushes

Optional Book: “The Moon Seems to Change” by Franklyn M. Branley.

Here is the book at Amazon (this is not an affiliate link). Also, I’m sure the book can be found in your local library.

Educational Tip: Young children (7 and under) are not able to understand the concept of the moon changing shapes. So, activities such as demonstrating  the sun reflecting light on the moon may be inappropriate.

However, this moon phases activity and books such as The Moon Seems to Change help establish a foundation for future understanding.

[♦] Tawheed for Children Part 1 — 

Short 10-page article written for the youngest Muslims, ages for 4 to 7.

It explains in clear and simple form the three types of Tawheed.

Included are small quizzes and summaries after each type is explained, mashallah.

Download Tawheed for Children – Part 1 (pdf).

Written by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh, may Allah reward him.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Are You a Good Neighbor —

Here is a poem with lots of ideas on how to be helpful to others living near us.

Click to read . . . Are You A Good Neigbour

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create a Ramadhan Good Neighbor Goal
Choose a neighbor. Make a list of kind things to do for him or her. Choose 2 items from the list to do during Ramadhan. Write them down on your Ramadhan Goals sheet. Receive reward from mom/dad for the act of kindness. Here is a whole list of goal charts to print.

2. Write a Poem
Using the Ramadhan Don’t List Poem lesson plan as a guide, write a list poem. Make a list of kind things to do for a neighbor. Choose 1 word from the list and spell it out letter-by-letter on paper. Next, think of a kind word that begins with each letter.  For example, the word Smile becomes the following poem:

A Smile for Sister Ameena

Say As salaamu Alaykum
Maker her favorite cookies
Interview her about something she can teach me
Leave a card on her door
Empty her trash

3. Create a Kindness Storyboard
Download this Blank Printable Storyboard. Draw a picture about kindness and write a non-fictional story to go with it. Share it with my family before giving it to my neighbor.

4. Make a Kindness Jar
Find an empty plastic jar. Make sure it’s clean. Decorate the outside. Attach a label. Make a list of kind things to do for a neighbor. Write each one on a piece of paper and place them in the jar. Each day, take out one of the papers and display to a neighbor the kind act you selected.

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[♦] Ramadhan One Line Daily Journal Booklet Craft —

This type of journal writing is truly simple. Each day write only one sentence about a specific topic.  The entire month’s journal fits onto one page!

This is a great activity to include in a lapbook or notebooking page.

You will find instructions and printables at this link:
Instructions for Journal Booklet


[♦] Reading Response Journal Project —

Reading response journals are a great way to create interactive family reading-n-share time.

The main purpose of response journals is to foster deeper thinking and to promote writing about what one reads.

This project includes:

1. A booklet to write in
2. Ribbon place holder
3. Character Traits sheet for describing people
4. Reading Journal Prompts
5. Emotions and Feelings list
6. Instructions

You will find everything at this link:
Reading Response Journal {Tutorial}

[♦] Creative Door Knob Hanger — 

Door hangers are a simple craft for kids to do.

They can be decorative. Or they can contain messages such as Wake Me for Suhoor, DND in Salaat, etc.

Create another message on the other side by sticking two hangers together back-to-back.

You will find this craft at this link:
Printable Door Knob Hanger Craft {Tutorial}

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[♦] Ramadhan Goals for Kids: Part 2 — 

The objective is to Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations . . . .  Each person should make a daily planner for Ramadhaan.  Here is an example   Continue reading →

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 1-7, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders, and

  • part 3 of How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activitie,
  • lantern and banner crafts, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 19-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Part 3: How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities & Lessons

To read all of the steps and get all forms HERE.

Step 3 – This part of the process requires that you do the Ramadhan Detailed Activity & Lesson Planner (RDAP). It is a basic lesson plan.

This is where you provide all of the details necessary to completing an individual activity or lesson such as day and time of the activity, supplies, steps, etc.

You can even script out what you will say, do, questions you will ask, instructions to students, for example.  Detailed plans differ from one activity to another.

The activities for the RDEAP  come from your Daily Educational & Activity Planner.

The RDEAP can be done a week in advance, or the day before, or on even on the day your students/children do the activity.

At the end of the activity, make notes on how things went. What worked. What did not. Which parts did the children/students love the most. This will make doing this next year a whole lot easier.

Here is the example (remember, this is an example; it’s not real, not even the links)

Activity/Lesson: Ramadhan Calendar

Goal: We will do one calendar for the family. The calendar will go on the wall next to our Ramadhan bulletin board.

Time : 45 minutes

Supplies: glue, scissors, double stick tape, markers or crayons, electrical tape. File: Rlanfamily.wordpress/RamadhanCal-How-To for a pic

Prep:

Print calendar pieces (Ramadhan Calendar pdf) from website
Assemble materials & set up at the kitchen table
Make KWL chart: Tape a large piece of craft paper on the wall.

Step-by-Step Procedure:

Welcome children & seat them at the table. Tell them the activity name.

Discuss purpose of calendar (1 minute).

Make Ramadhan Calendar (30 minutes):

Aneesa & Khadjiah color and cut out numbers (15 each)
Muhammad colors and cut out titles
Everyone helps make calendar grid with electrical tape
Attach numbers and titles on the wall with double stick tape

Teacher: Be prepared to answer questions and help out.

Clean up (10 minutes)

Insha’Allah, this little guide has helped.

[♦] Welcome Ramadhan Coloring Books

A sister has created a set of printables to teach her children about the special month of Ramadhan before it begins . . . . Welcome Ramadan pre-school colouring book  and the same book for older children, “Welcome Ramadan” colouring work book.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Come Eat With Me

This story is on giving to others, especially when they are hungry . . . Come Eat With Me

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[♦] Ramadhan Gift Tag Banner —

Banners are a fun and creative way to let children know that Ramadhan is here.

Make each banner piece with the same design, or mix and match. Either way, you’ll be pleased with the results!

Go to Ramadhan Gift Tag Banner Tutorial NEW!

[♦] Arch-Top Paper Lantern —

Children love to make lanterns and pretend to go out in search of the moon at night.

Here is a paper lantern craft tutorial for them.

There are lots of photos for nearly each step of the process.

Go to Arch-Top Paper Lantern Tutuorial  NEW!

[♦] Direction of Salaah Compass Rose — 

In this activity, children will make a compass rose and label the different directions.

They will also indicate the direction of the Ka’bah from their location.

This is a great little project to go along with any work being done on the direction of prayer.

Go to the Ka’bah Direction Compass Rose NEW! 2012

RAMADHAN

PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Ramadhan Goals for Kids: Part 1 — 

Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations . . . . Continue Reading

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #4 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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