Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ramadan Activity # 6: Ramadan Fridge Magnet Play Set

Assalamu alaikum,

This will probably be the last Ramadan craft activity that is posted due to the fact that insha'Allah, Ramadan is upon us walhamdulillah. We will see insha'Allah.

The purpose of this activity is to give your child a beneficial, Islamically educational activity to do while you are preparing iftar insha'Allah. This Ramadan activity is also one that you and your child can do together insha'Allah. Your child can colour the picture of the inside of the masjid and the different positions of the salat that are found in the Ramadan Travel Activity Book that was posted earlier this week alhamdulillah (view it here insha'Allah) or if you'd like your pictures to be larger (and this is recommended for younger infants), you can use the pictures from the "What is He Doing?" activity insha'Allah. The making of the magnets may be the part that you will need to do insha'Allah.
Around 12 months (depending on your child's developmental growth, it may be earlier or later), children enjoy magnets. They can sit for long periods of time playing with the magnet and they become absorbed with removing and re-sticking the magnet on the refrigerator. This activity, which can be used outside of Ramadan as well insha'Allah, allows them to further explore their natural scientific curiosity insha'Allah, and at the same time it connects them to the religion by depicting the masjid and the various positions of the salat as the focal point of their fun and exploration. This activity also fosters imaginative play and can be extended by inviting your child to make up stories to verbally illustrate their scene on the fridge insha'Allah.
Here's what it will look like when you're done insha'Allah:

Here's what you'll need insha'Allah to make it insha'Allah:

masjid picture
crayons/colour pencils
positions of the salat pictures
non-toxic glue or glue gun
Modge Podge
cardboard or card stock
magnets and magnet strips
sponge or paint brush
clear contact paper (optional)

Here's how you make it insha'Allah:

Print and colour the inside of the masjid picture and the positions of the salat.

Cut out the positions of the salat pictures and glue them to a piece of cardboard or card stock. Let dry.

Cover the picture of the inside of the masjid with clear contact paper or laminate (optional). Apply magnet stips to the back of the picture insha'Allah.

When the pictures of the salat positions are dry, using a sponge or paint brush, apply a thin coating of Modge Podge (it's non-toxic alhamdulillah). Let dry.

When the salat positions pictures dry (the glue and the Modge Podge), cut them out into squares. Be sure that you do not cut them too small where the magnet will be larger in width than the picture.

Glue the magnet to the back of the salat positions (or if they are self-adhesive, stick them on insha'Allah).

Put the masjid picture on the fridge using magnets and put the salat positions on the fridge and invite your toddler to put the men praying in different parts of the masjid insha'Allah.

**Saftey precautions insha'Allah: I strongly suggest laminating or covering the masjid picture with clear contact paper if your infant/toddler is in the stage of putting what is in the hand into the mouth. Additionally, do not allow your child to do this activity unsupervised. Attach the magnets to the pictures securely to avoid a possible choking hazard. Use non-toxic glue only. Lastly, when the magnets are not being used, put them out of the reach of your child or even better, put them in a drawer where the child cannot get to them insha'Allah.**

Enjoy insha'Allah!

*The masjid picture used in this activity is copyright 2009 by Umm Danyal*

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