Do you remember playing telephone as a kid? I was so amazed when I made my first one and it worked! It’s a great way to teach kids about sound waves, or simply have some fun!
Here is a simple way to do a trendy craft that can not only get expensive, but a little dangerous: String Art.
For most of my community in Napa, I am the first Muslim they’ve met. Therefore, I serve as an ambassador for Islam in a way. Similarly, my daughter is probably the first Muslim in the classroom. A lot of times, we get invited to our young kids’ classroom to talk about Ramadan or Eid.
But how do you explain such a complex concept in such a short time, and keep the attention of toddlers and young children?
Have no fear. I have compiled an easy to use “lesson plan” you can use. It has a book, an easy interactive activity and meaningful favor for them to take home.
The hardest part about Ramadan is that it is 30 days. 30 days is a very long time to keep kids engaged and excited about anything. Decorating our homes is a great way to welcome Ramadan, however after the first week, the excitement dies down.
So how do you keep up the momentum through out the month?
By planning! I prefer to plan out my Ramadan in advance so I can get the most out of the holy month. Throughout the week I use my Ramadan Advent Calendar to allow my daughter to participate in the spirit of Ramadan. However for the weekend I like to plan out special activities. This gives her something to look forward to through out the week.
Here is how our weekends in Ramadan Look.
My First Quran Activity Book was born out of frustration. There are lots of amazing Muslim books out there but I was looking for something more interactive for my daughter. When I took my daughter to early childhood programs in the library they stressed the importance of hands on learning. After a lot of research to figure out what “hands on learning” means, I realized its basically a play-based learning model. If play-based learning is so crucial to teach young kids, why don’t we use it to teach Islam? I wanted to come up with a way not only for her to learn the stories in the Quran but be able to play with them too.