Now this idea I'd like to hear how it goes with your kids insha'Allah. If you have any suggestions/additions, I'd love to hear them insha'Allah.
This activity has several goals:
This game, "What is He Doing?" will insha’Allah, help children learn the names of four different prayer positions. It will also help children practice completing movements quietly, calmly and slowly. Children will be introduced to the concept of seriousness in the prayer and learn that this is not a time for talk or play because we are standing in front of Allah. Insha’Allah, this will lay a foundation for later development of khushoo’ (calmness) in the salat.
The Secondary Goal of the Game: Children will practice their fine motor skills by rolling and unrolling a prayer rug insha’Allah.
The game includes a lesson plan, the activity (spinner with arrows) and extension activity in one file insha'Allah.
The extension activity has picture and word cards to allow the child to practice matching the picture showing a certain position of salat with the name of that position. This extension is for older children who are learning to read alhamdulillah. Children around 4 years old may enjoy the extension of the game insha'Allah.
The game itself can be played with children as young as 24 months old because the pictures show the positions that children are familiar with from seeing family and friends do while praying. Many times children joyfully fling themselves onto the floor (fully laid out..hehe) to emulate the position of sujood. Take advantage of this joy of learning and keenness to imitate and build upon your child's natural curiosity and desire insha'Allah.
Enjoy the game insha'Allah!