This week insha'Allah, we will play two Islamic spelling games. Both games require no dice or a spinner. There are two games: "Arkaan ul Islam Spelling" and "Deen Spelling". The first game is for children who have strong alphabet recognition skills insha'Allah. The second game is for children who are becoming familiar with the letters and the names of each insha'Allah. You will need a bag that is not see-through to play the game insha'Allah.
The great thing about these games is that the entire family can play together insha'Allah! Just print game boards for everyone and enough letters and family game night is ready to begin insha'Allah!
Here is what the games look like:
How to play each game insha'Allah:
1). Print, cut out and mount the game boards and letter pieces on poster board (for durability, laminate insha'Allah). Note: For Arkaan ul Islam be sure to print enough symbol cards for each player insha'Allah.
2). Each player gets a game board (the boards are identical).
3). Place all of the letter pieces in the bag insha'Allah.
4). Each player takes turns getting a letter from the bag without looking. He/she says the name of the letter that they pulled out. If that letter is one that they can use on their game board to spell one of the words on the game board, they keep the letter and place it in the correct spot insha'Allah. If the letter is not one that they need/can use, they put the letter back into the bag insha'Allah and the next player takes his/her turn.
5). The first person to complete their board wins insha'Allah.
*6). For the Arkaan ul Islam game: There is an added level of fun and challenge to this game. There is a blank game piece that the player who picks it keeps and he/she can use it to stand for any letter they need. So if the game is close and they only need one more letter and they have the blank game piece, they can use it to win the game insha'Allah. Also, when a player finishes spelling a word on their game board, the player gets a symbol piece to place on their game board next to the word they successfully spelled (i.e. when they get all of the letters they need to spell Quran, they get a game piece that has a picture of the Quran and they place it next to the word - there is a space on the board for the picture cards). The first person to spell all of the words and get all of the picture cards for each word wins insha'Allah.
Control of Error in these games: For all words that need to be spelled, there are shadow letters of the letters that they need in each box. This is to help with letter recognition and to help the child self-correct if he/she places the wrong letter in a box.
To make the game more challenging add more letters to the bag, and to make the game easier, place only the letters that the children will need to spell the words insha'Allah. Be sure that you put enough letters for each child to be able to successfully spell the words (i.e. enough letters so the children don't run out of needed letters in the middle of the game) insha'Allah.
Both games are in the same file. There are also colour game boards to download as well insha'Allah.